The eeePC has two solid state media built in, 4Gb and 16GB, and the 4Gb formats to 3.7Gb. I used that as the root partition, and the larger one as /home.
There are a couple of small hiccups, which involve the amount of space on the root partition. If you have a lot of updates at once, it might run out of space. The way to avoid that is to make the downloads use the larger partition.
First, create a memory stick or plug in a USB optical drive, and boot the live CD/USB. Install, the hardware is all detected. The Wireless On/Off, Brightness Up/Down, Volume Up/Down/Mute, all work perfectly. The Sleep, Lid Down and Power Button functions all work perfectly and can be set in the KDE Control Centre.
In order to create space to download rpms what I did was to open Konqueror Super User Mode, and do Window > Split View Left/Right. Set one window to /var/cache/apt
and the other to /home
. Move the folder archives
to /home. Now drag it back, but instead of copying or moving, do Link Here. All the downloads will go to the larger drive. This is a good time to do the updates.
Despite doing this, when I tried to install OpenOffice, the GetOpenOffice program reported insufficient space. So I had to use Synaptic. You should find and select a repository with the following specs, if not, create one:
After the reload, you will need to install the "task-openoffice" for your locale. Then you can unselect that repo again.
It boots fast now. No hacks which I posted on the site using a couple of outside rpms are needed now. All hardware works from the kernel. The only hacks needed were in order to fit everything needed onto the root partition. Brilliant.