Should I Switch to eeeXubuntu?

I recently downloaded an ISO of eeeXubuntu and was able to create a Live USB out of this. And running it via Live USB, I’m rather impressed. It’s much snappier than the default Xandros. However, tempted as I am to wipe out my current install and replace it with eeeXubuntu, I noticed these few quirks:

  • Longer bootup time (okay, I’m running a Live USB and it’s unfair, but nothing compares to Xandros’ snappy bootup)
  • An annoyng “Your battery may be broken” message upon startup
  • Wireless reception is weaker – on Xandros, my home network is always at 100%. On eeeXubuntu it varies between 100 to 75%

And in the few months I’ve had my Eee, I’ve done various tweaks to the system that made me very comfortable with the current install. On eeeXubuntu it’ll probably take me some time before I get to tweak the system to a level where it feels right for me. Also, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

Well, that was until I saw these pictures posted on the forum of a user who managed to install eeeXubuntu and Compiz Fusion:


So sorely tempted, I am.

So now, those Eee users who managed to switch to eeeXubuntu already, I ask you: is switching to eeeXubuntu worth it? I’d like to get opinions.


  1. says

    Well, when I was contemplating getting an eee, the first thing I planned to do to it was to swap out the OS with Ubuntu.

  2. Sam Webster says

    you’ll find that booting form a LiveUSB/LiveCD of ubuntu is always slower.

    once you install it will boot faster, and the battery thing is probably a driver issue, because xubuntu can’t install drivers onto your eee pc while the operating system is running off a USB. once you’ve done a proper install, the necessary updates will be added to your EEE and the battery issue probably won’t happen again.

    Might be the same with the wireless. That or the original operating system might not be as accurate as the one xubuntu uses to measure signal strength

    i’m heavily considering buying an eee pc. can’t you restore them to the original OS super easily? if so, go for the xubuntu and if it doesn’t work, try again.

  3. Phil says

    Well i got my EEE last Friday and by Saturday i’d bricked Xandros trying to install fluxbox and decided to put EEEXubuntu on via the USB. It’s fantastic, a proper OS, i’ve got the Compiz Fusion thing on too which is a big help to reach any buttons which are off-screen, everything works great.
    It boots up slower than Xandros but is still pretty quick.
    Takes a lot of tweaking to get it just right but there are lots of tutorials on doing this on the web.

  4. Mario Valdez says

    I changed to eeeXubuntu a couple of days ago, mostly because I added 2GB of RAM to my eeePC, required support for a Spanish USB keyboard, required encryption with LUKS loop-AES for the home directory, iptables and needed Openoffice 2.3. Flexibility was the cause. I tried to do all that with the Xandros eee distribution, but it was not easy and full of glitches.

    I downloaded the eeeXubuntu iso image two weeks ago, but took me two weeks to decide to install it. Shame on me, I installed it in a SD card (two partitions, 6 GB system, 2 GB encrypted home, no swap).

    I even created a tmpfs for /tmp and /var/log to reduce writing to the SD card. (Logs are not that important in this minilaptop).

    I like it. (Using compiz seems to me like overkill for me).



  5. Mario Valdez says

    Forgot to mention, the broken battery message seems to be caused by the BIOS of the eee PC which report as percentage of charge (0 to 100) and the battery applet expects an absolute number (mA maybe?)

    The weaker reception does not seems to be real… at least the estimation is wrong in the eeeXunbuntu driver or overstated in the eee PC original driver.



  6. barr3to says

    has anyone figured out the driver issue with wireless. loaded from a cd and can’t get my wirless up and running…help


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