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Introduction

I bought my Asus Eee PC 1000h in April 2009 principally to learn more about Linux.

Unfortunately life is not that simple as I found out when simply trying to determine which version of Linux the Eee PC is running. It turns out that "version" is not enough to nail it down for there are also many other factors to figure out. For example: is it Ubuntu, Debian or Xandros? It seems to be a mix.

I bought 3 good books to help me learn:-

All the web sites seem to down cry the Easy Desktop GUI that is installed as standard and press hard for the user to install the KDE Desktop instead. Indeed the first book above says that many of its pages and guides are based on the assumption that the user is using the KDE Desktop.

This BLOG begins with the nightmare of trying to upgrade the Debian release to the latest version and to switch to the KDE Desktop. The switch can be made quite easily and without upgrading to the latest Debian release but it soon becomes apparent that all is not well. Some symptoms...

In trying to fix these things I've twice had to reformat the hard drive and go back to the manufacturer's release.

In the end, through sheer frustration, I decided to reformat the HD and install Ubuntu. Things are now so much smoother: clearly Ubuntu is a professional operating system that properly supports both the hardware and the user and makes for easy updating and maintenance of the system.. Will post some useful information re Ubuntu when I have it ready.

THIS BLOG IS UNDER INITIAL CONSTRUCTION - STARTED 8 May 2009 1:25 pm AND SO WILL BE SOMEWHAT RAGGED UNTIL THE FRAMEWORK DESIGN BEHIND IT SETTLES DOWN. READERS PLEASE HAVE PATIENCE.