[CentOS] 5.3 on an EeePC??

Ron Blizzard rb4centos at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 20:20:30 UTC 2009

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 3:15 PM, Beartooth <Beartooth at comcast.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 27 Apr 2009 12:24:57 -0700, 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 have a strong if perhaps irrational preference for the .rpm
> family; I have indeed installed and run F8, F9, F10, and Eeedora on this
> machine. Unfortunately, until I can afford to replace it with a somewhat
> larger netbook, what's left of my eyeballs and fingers limits me to using
> it in waiting rooms, and not much of anywhere else.
>        Given that limitation, speed of boot becomes a major criterion.
> F10 (and also, believe it or not, Pupeee) took *over* ten minutes -- yes,
> real sixty-second minutes; it's not a typo -- just to boot. And then had
> to find wifi.
> > I installed Ubuntu 9.04 netbook remix on my EeePC 2G surf yesterday(onto
> > a 4G SD card), it was pretty painless although the general UI has too
> > much eye candy, so it is choppy. The wiki says future kernel updates
> > should address some of the sluggishness.
>        I've also been trying plain Ubuntu, Eeebuntu, Crunchbang,
> DreamLinux, and a couple more.
>        I'll run an OS of that ilk if I have to.
>        But for fifty-odd years, the Baby Boomers have trodden my heels,
> doing all I do a few years later. Some of them, even more than I, will be
> wanting a mature RedHat-type OS, well back from the bleeding edge, to
> enable them to check their email, etc., rather than thumb antediluvian
> magazines in waiting rooms.
>        What's more, CentOS will be able to oblige them, once it gets up
> to something like present Fedora kernels. Why not a little sooner?
>        And just in case, do please tell me where to get this ultra-
> exemplary netbook remix, which I have somehow failed to encounter. (I
> think all my Ubuntoid OSs so far are 8-based.)

I like CentOS better than Debian also but, apparently, the new Ubuntu 9.04
works really well on netbooks.

It's here: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download-netbook

RonB -- Using CentOS 5.3
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