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Nifty tools for your Asus Eee PC

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 19, 2008 05:19 AM
eee 900 owner here who ditched the default Xandros and installed Xubuntu 8.04, then tweaked up to spec with the help of some online guides. I tend to avoid scripts that people recommend because I don't know exactly what they each do and frankly don't trust every source to do what's best.

I'm now using Fluxbox with some other minimalistic software, like PCManFM and Ristretto. Very happy with performance, and even Firefox 3 is quite zippy.

A word of caution, I guess the SSDs in the eee are a bit touchy for write lifecycles (although opinions seem to vary) and I've been told that it's best to avoid journaling filesystems. I can't get on board with that, because I've been burned by ext2 before and don't care to repeat the issue. Instead I changed fstab parameters to mount all my drives as noatime, and changed a number of /var mount points to tmpfs'.

Very happy overall!


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