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Asus Netbook eeePC900

Picked this little guy up at work. Someone in another department was cleaning house. Seems to work. Came with XP but looks like it was upgraded to Windows 7. It has maybe a 10gb SSD and 1gb RAM. Sluggish little bugger but it's cute.

I don't normally bring anything home from work like this but I was quite tempted to put Ubuntu on it. Couldn't seem to handle Ubuntu 16 as it needed 8.6gb and it showed only 8.1 available. So I tried an earlier version. Got Ubuntu 12 and that required half the space!

First time trying to install it and I run into a Kernal panic. Yay... but not really. I just want stuff to work and I'm not the tech head that tries to tear things apartment and piece them together and I don't love it when I get any errors. The second attempt went a lot better! Of course after the restart, I was staring at a blinking flippin' cursor for a long time. For some reason, it's like it didn't know what to boot to.

At any rate. It's up and running. Feels like it's on fire! I'm just going through and removing some applications I know I'll never use. Lighten the load. I guess I could have gotten something a little more lightweight. My one friend suggested Debian but... I have a feeling I might rip my hair out.

I still have no idea what I'm going to do with this thing. I don't need a netbook. I think it might be too slow for me. Maybe if I can at least use Libre office and type stuff up then I might get some use out of it. I don't tend to take my iPad out anywhere even though it's equipped with a case that has a keyboard. In the few minutes since starting, this the battery life on this guy has dropped 10 percent. I can feel the heat radiating off it.

It makes me laugh but... there was a comment on our big satisfaction survey and they wanted us to be more familiar with Ubuntu and Linux, etc, so we could be more helpful. Yes... for the... 4 users of the thousands we have that use this stupid OS... I figure if you're using this crap then you need to know a thing or two about it. Not to mention your Google skills have to be pretty good because if there's a problem with the system or you need to figure out how to do something then your answer is going to be online. Do you really want to call on us just so we can search the Internet for you?

Well, that turned into a rant and a half.

4 blog comments below

oh please don't rip your hair out! and yes we want you to search the internet for us!!! Laughing
standready on Tue May 31, 2016 4:23 pm
Wow! You did all of the experimenting that I was planning to do for a summer project! All in one night's work. Great stuff! Cool
deanhills on Tue May 31, 2016 6:22 pm
Usually you can use a live boot cd to find out if a given system will work. Did you leave Windows on the machine and set up dual boot, or is the 8.6 gig the total disk space? I can understand leaving Win (I usually do, as a possible way to check if the machine still works although I almost never boot into it).

Linux is so very different than Windows (or Mac) that it's hard to move from one environment to the other. I have used Linux almost exclusively for several years now, and can usually handle basic stuff, but I feel like I'm still a novice when it comes to tuning and taking advantage of all the available tools.
SonLight on Tue May 31, 2016 8:29 pm
I feel like Mac is the ultimate dummy interface. Unless you can work your way around the protective shell Apple has designed you really can't break the OS. You can sort of see the guts of the file system but there is a ton of stuff this is still hidden and I only ever see if I weed around through the terminal or whatever they call it.

Windows is a step up. You can see a good chunk of stuff and you can manipulate it a bit more. I always encounter this different between Mac and Windows when we're troubleshooting wifi issues. We can do much more to help a Windows user over a Mac just because we can because the OS lets us.

As for Linux... I feel it's wasted on me. I feel like if you're using that stuff then you're not really using it as a conventional OS. It's a playground where you experiment and see what you can do. While you might have a GUI you should probably feel quite at home messing around in the terminal and navigating and executing commands.
TheGremlyn on Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:33 pm

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