[CentOS] 5.3 on an EeePC??

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Wed Apr 29 13:33:44 UTC 2009


Michael A. Peters wrote:
> nate wrote:
>   
>> Beartooth wrote:
>>     
>>> 	I have an ASUS EeePC 701 (with 2GB of RAM and an 8 GB card), on
>>> which I've installed CentOS on the hard-drive-plus-card. But it can't
>>> even use my eth0.
>>>
>>>    Some one on a local LUG, where I had mentioned that other OSs did fine
>>> with all the same exact hardware, suggested that CentOS, being designed
>>> for stability rather than the bleeding edge, likely lacks drivers; so I
>>> need to get some.
>>>
>>>    Anybody know what drivers (for wireless as well as ethernet cable) I
>>> need, and how/where to get ones to fit CentOS??
>>>       
>> Why do you want CentOS on an EeePC ? It's not really intended for
>> that purpose, if your having to ask where to get the drivers for it
>> your probably not suited for running CentOS on the EeePC. Your better
>> off with Fedora, or Ubuntu or something that has broader hardware
>> support.
>>     
>
> I don't have an EeePC but I like to run the same distro on everything.
> So since my remote server, lan server, desktop, and laptop run CentOS - 
> that's what I would want on an EeePC as well.
>
> With respect to the nic, my suspicion is that you may just need either 
> the Fedora kernel or a patch from the Fedora kernel.
>
> With CentOS 5.0 - the onboard gigabit nic on my Asus board worked OOB in 
> Fedora 8 or 9 (forget which) but did not work in CentOS - though CentOS 
> did see it and tried to use forcedepth (I think that was it), which 
> worked in Fedora but not well CentOS. So I just use a PCI card (though I 
> suspect onboard would work now, why change it?)
>
> Can't do that with an EeePC - but you probably could rebuild the Fedora 
> kernel for the EeePC.
>   

Everything I have seen on this list is DON'T replace the kernel in 
Centos. Add to it, but DON'T replace it. Unless you are one of the 
Centos developers, I guess.

> I wonder if a working driver for the EeePC nic is something that could 
> be patched into the CentOS plus kernel ??
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