[CentOS] 5.3 on an EeePC??

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Apr 28 12:54:32 UTC 2009

Beartooth 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 just booted mine for the morning, and it was on the login GUI in 50 

Once I entered my password it was connected to the network in under 30 
SECONDS (and I use WPA-PSK).

You have install/setup problems. What services are you running? There 
may be a number of services that are waiting on the network to come up 
to check something and are waiting for timeouts, missing that the link 
is down so don't bother to try (ntp does it right, for example).

>> 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.

I am 58, approaching 59. Sat down in front of my first TeleType (running 
at 55 Baud) in '66; BASIC was 2 years old.

I like stablity, but after a number of years on Centos, and the evolving 
rate of hardware, I have bit the bullet this year and added both FC9 and 
FC10 to my platform mix. Of course the first driver was to get the 
2.6.27 kernel to get IPsec BEET mode.

> 	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?

That is Redhat's call when they put it into RHEL, ask them.

> 	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.)

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