Debian on EEEpc 2


The new release from the Debian EEE PC Team is simply great - it works flawlessly to install a fully functional Debian install onto an EEE PC over wireless. You only need a 16 Mb USB stick (or SD card) to boot from.

The only remaining bug that people are still working on is the selection of the wireless network - int the current build the installer autoselects the strongest signal by default and if you want another you need to go back and reconfigure the network in the installer.

Great work guys!

BTW: This got me thinking - it shouldn't be too hard to take over the EEEPC from the default installation without having to have a USB stick or an SD card :) The default EEE PC setup consists of a (read-only) system partition and a user partition overlay. It should be simple to download the 16 Mb D-I boot image, save it to the system partition and write a boot loader that would allow the choice between normal boot, EEE PC rescue boot and Debian installation boot. With a bit of pre-seeding we could have the d-i install a Debian instance in place of the user partition unless the user overrides that.

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Dmitriy Kropivnitski 12 years, 10 months ago

Well. There are more things to Eee PC then working wireless. Picking strongest signal by default is annoying. Do all the function keys work? Does default install handle hibernation? Does it place all possible file systems on tmpfs to save SSD writes? Does it set swappiness and any of the other power and disk saving tricks? How long does it take to boot the default install?

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liable 12 years, 10 months ago

We now have a beta installer that addresses the association problem, and also adds support for installing over WPA PSK protected networks. It still needs a bit of polish, but the basic functionality is there. Image is currently only available at
(be patient, my upstream is slow)

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Gideon 12 years, 10 months ago

hey, um curious to know which program is best for partioning with eeepc. i have seen most guides and the partitioning thing just doesn't pop up for me if u could plz post thanks. =]]

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nexus one 11 years ago

Have no problem booting from my eeePC.
Biggest issue is the eeePC itself. You have to switch select the SD card as if it were a HDD to boot off. Normally, I've seen SD or usb devices selected when you chose "removable media" or some such as the boot device.

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