I got my hands on an HP Mini 1000 Netbook to try this weekend and decided to install Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Remix on it.
The installation process was simple and straightforward. Downloaded the ISO and used the Ubuntu USB Creator on another machine to install the image on a 2GB USB stick. The default installation instructions were followed to install the OS on the netbook.
The first two problems to crop up were both related to networking. Neither the ethernet port nor the wireless appeared to be functional.
To solve the non-functional ethernet port I followed the instructions at this blog.
Which involved editing the /etc/default/grub file and modifying the following line to look like:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash acpi_os_name=Linux”
Followed by a:
With the ethernet port functional I took a look at the Ubuntu Documentation for supported hardware in the netbooks category: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport/Machines/Netbooks#HP%20Mini%201000
It listed the HP Mini 1000 under “Tier 2” which is defined as: “These are netbooks that work somewhat, but have problems that may interfere with typical activities at the moment, or many smaller issues.”
Again the instructions were for an older version of Ubuntu but after doing a:
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
Followed by a reboot resulted in the wireless working as well.
The GUI has been modified to take advantage of as much screen real estate as possible which is particular useful on this netbook. I found it to be intuitive and easy to use.
Noscript and Adobe Flash in Firefox both installed with no problems.
The only tested site that didn’t work was crunchyroll.com. While Youtube streamed videos with no problems Crunchyroll’s video streams were choppy though the audio was normal.
I downloaded and compiled from source Nmap 5.21 and installed the packages for Kismet and Wireshark. The next few days will be spent testing those for any quirks.