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This image will work on almost any netbook, although there are issues with some models. Be sure to read this entire page before you install for important notes and details. If you have not yet selected a netbook model, we are presently recommending the Dell Mini 1012, HP Mini 210 or 2102, Asus EeePC 1001/1005, and Acer AspireOne models. Other models are known to work as well - these we have found to be the best performing/most compatible.
Please also note that this image does work on most desktop and full-size laptops as well.
Give it a Try: Download and Install Virtual Machine
After you extract the UNR.zip file, you will have two files: UNR.ovf and UNR.vmdk. These files are Open Virtualization Format files, compatible with both VMWare and VirtualBox (and probably others). They were created with Virtualbox (which I prefer) so your mileage may vary. See the instructions that came with your virtualization platform for assistance importing these files.
Please Note: I found that the 3D acceleration settings on Virtualbox cause the virtual machine to flake if enabled. Though it can make some programs a little sluggish, I'd recommend leaving it off. I've also seen some screen corruption issues on some versions at startup, which are easily fixed by resizing the window.
Or, Download and Install for Netbooks/Desktops w/ 512M+ RAM
This custom UNR install requires a USB key that is at least 2Gb in size. First, download the latest image file:
Current Stable Release: http://do7.saugus.k12.ca.us/ubermix/ubermix-key0.67.img
Beta release based on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04: http://do7.saugus.k12.ca.us/ubermix/ubermix-key0.70beta4.img
Note: For model specific issues and configuration instructions, see the section at the bottom of this page.
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Prior release based on Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04: http://do7.saugus.k12.ca.us/ubermix-key0.42.img
Creating the USB Key
Installing on your System
Instructions for booting a system from a USB key will vary from system to system, so you will want to consult the manual that came with your system if the following instructions do not work for some reason. These instructions are based on the Asus EeePC.
Warning: If your netbook has never had the ubermix installed on it, this process will erase everything on your netbook. If there is anything on it that you want to keep, you will want to back it up prior to performing the following steps. As of version .65, netbooks that already have ubermix .65 or later on them can simply be upgraded, with no loss of user files.
In a few seconds, you will see a menu containing installation options, as follows:
Understanding the options:
When designing this setup, the concept behind the installation process has been to create a general base installation, represented by option 1, and then add on a mechanism for customizing the base installation easily, which is represented by option 2. Option 1 is therefore required, as it is the entire operating system. The modifications in option 2 represent only changes to the base install, and therefore require that the base install be completed first. Options 3 and 4 were added to speed the installation process, and option 5 is there for troubleshooting.
By default, option 1 contains everything described in part 1 - Overview. For option 2, we remove a number of preferences and settings icons from the interface (but not the underlying programs, so they still can be run), add on iTalc client for workstation management, and set up an automatic update mechanism that makes it possible to make mass changes to all systems at once. For details, see section 4 - Customization.
Model Specific Issues and Instructions
All Asus EeePC Models
The Asus EeePC has a number of hardware enhancements to improve battery life and a variety of special keys which make them unique among netbooks. To control these features, a special application called eee-control must be activated. To activate eee-control, follow the instructions on the Eee Control Updates page.
EeePC 1005HA and Acer AspireOne D250 Models
The Microphones on these models are a bit different from others, in that they are digital, rather than analog mics. This makes the input volume controls non-functional in the volume applet at the top-right corner of the screen. To control the input volume on these models, go to "Sound and Video", open the "GNOME ALSA Mixer" application, and adjust the "Digital" slider.
These netbooks have a problem identifying the state of the headphone jack, which causes the internal speakers to turn themselves off. It is possible to get a customized kernel that works around the problem (see this bug report for details), however such a model specific customization might hamper functionality on other netbooks, and will therefore not be included in this build.
Netbooks with Broadcom Wireless Adapters (Dell Mini 1011(10v) & 1012, Acer AspireOne D150, HP Mini 110, Lenovo S10, etc.)
Unfortunately, the Broadcom driver requires custom configuration that interferes with the operation of other wireless adapters, so we don't install it on the ubermix-key by default. We do, however, include the driver with an easy script to activate it. To do so, follow the instructions on the Broadcom Wireless page.
Netbooks with Synaptics Clickpads (HP Mini 210/2102 and a number of very new models with N450 processors)
Please note: This update is already applied in ubermix versions 0.64 and above. Only users of prior versions of the ubermix need worry about installing this fix. Some brand new netbooks, like the HP Mini 210/2102, have a new Synaptics touchpad called a "Clickpad". These are easy to identify, as there are no separate buttons and the entire pad moves when you click on it. Also, you'll notice that one or both of the buttons don't work. This is fairly easy to fix by following the steps on Synaptics Clickpads
Samsung netbooks have generally goofy hardware configurations. An independent developer has a number of packages that make them mostly work at http://is.gd/aJgsl . To install these, follow the instructions in 4 - Customization to boot with aufs=off first, then follow the instructions at http://is.gd/aJgsl to install the repository and get the packages. Your mileage may vary, depending on the model. I have tested on the N130 and N140, and the wireless does work after install, but some of the hotkeys don't. My recommendation - avoid Samsung netbooks.
Netbooks with Z520/530 processors and/or GMA500 graphics cards
Very few netbooks come in this configuration - I've only seen these chips in the original circa 2008 Dell Mini 10, some older Dell Latitude 2100s and the Asus EeePC T91. Do not install on these models, or any other as the GMA500 graphics card is not supported.
jklein, 04/21/10 10:45 (GMT)