December 14th, 2008


Eee update

In multiple senses of the word.

The Eee connects nicely, comes right up and grabs available updates. The problem: that ate enough space on the 4 GB flash drive that it uses that it's now full. I could only update a couple of things, and then the updates failed... and I couldn't shutdown. I ctrl-alt-bs-ed out of X windows, and it came back up with a login screen--but login failed.

So, I shut it down with extreme prejudice, and will look into expanding its capacity.

UPDATE: I restored it to its initial state from the recovery partition--and the existence of that is probably a significant portion of the problem--and went through the initial setup again. This time, after it announced the existence of updates it had downloaded, I fired up the disk manager. 3847 MB available, 3682 in use. Available? 165 MB. I stuck in a 4 GB SD card (actually a Micro SD inside an adapter; it's amazing how tiny those are!), which is all well and good, but it doesn't relieve the space problems on /.)

UPDATE #2: Basically, there happen to be some BIG honker updates out there. The Eee uses UnionFS so that you can get back to where you once belonged if everything goes south, and the updates (e.g. Firefox 3.0.4, sneaking up on 400 MB according to a post on an Eee message board) are chewing up all available space. If there were just a way to really replace the existing Firefox et al., the 4 GB SSD might be usable, especially if you use an SD for most stuff you'd normally put under your home directory, but I really wish Asus would fess up: 4 GB is just too small. I'm sure I'll end up ordering a bigger SSD to replace the 4 GB one.

UPDATE #3: The larger SSD is on order, but there's an interim solution that I will adopt, and I'm sure stick with, cute as the Xandros setup that comes with the Eee is: Ubuntu Eee. Many reviewers of the Eee that I bought mention it as the solution to the SSD problem, as it apparently leaves something like 1.5 GB available, which will, I'm sure, hold me for a while given what I'll do with it.

UPDATE #4: Darn! It's proving harder to make a bootable USB stick than I thought. There are various web pages that claimi to describe how to do it, but I've yet to get one that the Eee will notice.

UPDATE #5: I cheated, and used the Windows version of the utility on SourceForge that is supposed to let one make a bootable USB drive. Time to submit a bug report.

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