Yes, Xandros was horrible. But this ubuntu thing is working out nicely!

As I said before, the bastardized Xandros [1] sucked. In fact, I managed to destroy it. So I decided to switch to another distro. Any distro.

Enter eeeXubuntu, a eee-tuned Xubuntu [2].

Since I prefer KDE to XFCE, I started hacking at it, and produced, IMVHO, a much nicer thing.

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As you can see, it takes slightly less space than eeeXubuntu's default, and a whooping 1GB less than the default distro.

How did I do it? First, by deciding what I wanted.

  • No OpenOffice. Koffice is enough to read docs, then there is Google docs, and I produce my texts using docutils
  • No printing. I have not used a printer in 5 years. What are the odds I will use one from the eee?
  • wicd for network configuration. It works for wireless/wired/encrypted and has no problem whatsoever reconnecting after suspend.
  • yakuake for terminal. It uses the least screen-space possible: none if you are not using it.
  • Firefox + Flash (I would use Konqueror, if flash9 had not broken it)
  • Kmail + Akregator for mail and RSS

It works great, boots in 35 seconds (and I have not tuned that, yet).

Here's the list of installed packages and here's the list of repos I am using

Maybe someone more enterprising will make a real distro out of it.

[1] Which is itself a bastardized Debian etch.
[2] Which is a XFCE-tuned ubuntu

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