15 August 2008


Here is my brand new Eee PC 1000h running a [pretty much] standard Fedora 10 Alpha install (only the graphics are changed: Echo icons and a Gears wallpaper):

[eee fedora] [eee fedora]

After a quick testing of F9 and F10 Alpha I settled on F10, it ia a bit friendly with the hardware (no need to modprobe uvcvideo and at least the wired network card works).


  1. Ah, great! I just bought a Eee (900) last week. Stuck Ubuntu Eee on mine. Everything works great except for my microphone. Hadn't had much time to figure out how to fix it yet.

    I must say, from your screenshot, Fedora looks might fine. :)

  2. How is the performance of F10 on the eee 1000h, especially Openoffice? I already have the 700 but it's a bit cramped (ie screen, keyboard and storage) for what I want to use it for.

  3. I have not tested OpenOffice yet, I did an install from a live CD image (via an USB stick). Will have to install OOo later with yum.

  4. Just start learning Linux and come across your blog, especially this post.

    We have a computer show here and the eee 1000H is going for a good price - I rushed out and got one, 1 hour ago :)

    Really appreciate if you can give some direction on how to install from a live CD image (via an USB stick) - I do not have an external CD drive.

    Thanks in advance for the help..

    Will be out of town for the next few days, hope to hear from you (your blog).

  5. @Michal: is is really trivial to install - download a CD image and transfer it to a bootable USB stick, you can to this easily from either Fedora (yum install livecd-tools) or Windows (with a GUI).

  6. Update: if you already run F10, the GUI is also available for Fedora: https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/

  7. Hi nicu, thanks for taking the time to reply.

    Just to clarify, are you are running your Fedora on your eee's harddisk or are you running Fedora from a usb thumbdrive?

  8. I run it from the hard drive, the thumb drive was used only for the installation process (the live image has a nice icon on the desktop which allows to install it on the hard drive)

  9. Nicu, you are fabulous!

    See if I get this right:

    - 1. install Fedora 10 onto my desktop
    - 2. install livecd tools using "yum install livecd-tools"
    - 3. boot EEE 1000H using "live usb" which is essentially a livecd.
    - 4. install Fedora 10 into EEE 1000H using the live usb.

    Did I get the above steps right?

    Does EEE 1000H works automagically after installation or are there some tweaking required?

    Hope you can advise the tweaks (especially for wireless connection), if required.

    I am rather new to Linux, mainly using Debian with KDE, so Fedora with Gnome will be something interesting for me.

    Thanks (again) in advance for the advise :D

  10. 1. Install Fedora 8, 9, or 10 on your desktop. F10 has the advantage of a GUI application in addition to the command line one. You can do this also from a Windows installation;
    2. Install livecd-tools or the Windows equivalent;
    3. download a Fedora Live image
    4. transfer the image to the USB thumb drive using the tools from step 2
    5. boot the Eee from the USB thumb drive
    6. perform a hard drive install.

    The wireless is somewhat tricky... the driver is open source but is badly written, it is under a complete rewrite before inclusion in the upstream kernel (expected in 2.6.29, hopefully F11).

    The "ugly" driver is not included in Fedora so you will have to install it from rpmfusion - I tried the akmod version, which compiles itself when upgrading the kernel.

    I had no luck with this driver and my AP set in WPA / WPA 2 Personal mode, but it works without encryption (and I didn't test other modes).

  11. hi nicu,

    what is the driver that needs to be installed in order to get the wireless working?

    and you are saying that is will not work with AP set in WPA / WPA 2 Personal mode?

    have you tried ndiswrapper? how's the performance like?

    THANKS in advance for the info.

  12. the driver is rt2860.

    it didn't work with *my* AP (a crappy DLink) in WPA / WPA 2 Personal

    i have not tried ndiswrapper

  13. nicu, need your help again :D

    had created a liveusb and to be sure, I was using it on a thinkpad perfectly.

    "uname -r" shows

    installed the rt2860 using

    yum install akmod-rt2860.i686

    and later

    yum install kmod-rt2860.i686

    Both cases, I've shut down and restarted the 1000h with the wlan enabled at the bios.

    However, both cases, networkmanager reports that there is no wireless network at all. The wireless wasn't detected.

    Any idea what I've done wrong/missed ?

    I've lost too much hair and sleep over this netbook ;D

    Please feel free to email me if required.

    Thanks in advance.

  14. What can I say? I have not updated my kernel in a while, so I am at the same version:

    uname -r

    rpm -q akmod-rt2860

    but in my case:
    - Device ra0 --------------------
    Type 802.11 WiFi
    Driver: rt2860
    State: disconnected
    and so on...

  15. Michal, sorry for not taking this privately but I don't know your email address.

  16. Nicu,

    my bad .. thought that when I sign in to post a comment, you would have got my address.

    Anyway, thanks for the time. First time using Fedora and nice to know that Fedora guys like you are very helpful.

    That alone will attract new users like me to continue using Fedora :D

    As for the 1000H, since I'm getting nowhere, will try to lookup for other distro, probably Debian.

    Thanks again for the time !!