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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: OS Mods: using something other than Dell's Ubuntu or XP? - 01-22-2009, 05:24 PM
When I first got my Mini (Mid-December) I installed several different Linux distros, including Fedora 10, Gentoo, Arch and Puppy. I have since gone back to the Dell Ubuntu, but modified with the Netbook Remix using these instructions at MaximumPC. I may go through another experimental phase soon though.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: OS Mods: using something other than Dell's Ubuntu or XP? - 03-03-2009, 01:01 PM
Went from Windows XP to openSUSE 11.1!
When I was hunting for information on how to proceed it all looked a bit complicated... need another linux box, etc, etc.. Then I found this page on the openSUSE web site. Followed the "Creating a bootable USB Stick version of mini.iso entirely from Windows" section and then proceeded to boot from the USB stick. I used the 11.1 32-bit Network mini CD iso to perform my install since I had a 128mb USB stick doing nothing.. plus why download a 4gig iso when you can download only what you need? (about 1gig in my case). Worked like a charm! (used a wired connection.. wireless does not work when performing the install) I selected Gnome as my GUI and removed the swap partition completely (I have 2gig of RAM.. figured it should be good for what it's used.. web surfing mostly)
Next I did all available updates. Figured I'd have a better chance of getting everything working with all the latest packages. Then I messed around a bit to get the wireless going.. first trying the /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware script.. that didn't do much.. Then after some searching I hit this page and clicked the "1 click install" link (probably overkill but meh.. it was 2am at the time! :lol: ).. rebooted and success!! Wireless now works perfectly!
SD slot works, USB as well. Still need to test sound.. don't have the webcam or bluetooth. Hopefully this will help others who want to get openSUSE going on the mini 9!
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