Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 hands-on

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In episode 6 of our podcast we asked the question, "should netbook manufacturers standardise on a single distro?" Well, as netbook manufactuers continue to find ever more obscure distros to fit onto their systems, Canonical has stepped into the fray wielding a mighty cluestick: Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR).

When we interviewed Mark Shuttleworth a few weeks ago, he agreed that Ubuntu was late into the netbook arena. But the arrival of Jaunty Jackalope means that UNR has finally seen an official release, so there are lots of questions that need answering: how is it different from normal Ubuntu? How well does it work on average netbooks? And, most importantly, is it any good?

If you've already read our group test of netbook distros and want to know what Ubuntu can do to pull ahead ahead of the pack, you can read our full review of Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix below. Read on!

Lots of people loved it, just as many hated it, but few can doubt that Asus changed the computing world with the original Eee PC. Suddenly you can could get the functionality of A Real PC out of a laptop you could slip into your bag and still have room for lunch and a good book. Sure, it might have looked like something Toys 'R' Us would produce, but the Eee PC 701 has been followed by dozens of other devices that add more style, more power and more refinement.

But, despite having an early lead, Linux managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and Windows XP has managed to forge a home for itself on netbook devices. In fact, at the computer store nearest to TuxRadar HQ, nearly all the netbooks ship with Windows as standard, and most of them don't have a Linux option.

Part of the problem people were facing with Linux was that it simply wasn't Windows - they wanted their Start menu, they wanted My Computer and they wanted Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org, good as it is, just doesn't cut it if someone is looking for the ribbon toolbar from Office 2007. Another problem was that some of the netbooks were ridiculously oversold. The Eee PC 701, for example, was marketed as being a great laptop for photographers on the move, which is remarkable given that it came with nothing more than mtPaint.

But by far the biggest problem with Linux netbooks was that too much stuff just didn't work out of the box. People don't know what codecs are and they don't care. What they want is to be able to double-click on an MP3 and have it play. They want to watch kitten videos on YouTube. Someone called us once because they were having trouble installing Skype on their Acer Aspire One - they were double clicking a setup.exe file and, unsurprisingly, nothing was happening.

Thanks to its aggressive marketing, we all know that Ubuntu is "Linux for human beings", but can the Wizards of Polish really take the bruised and fragmented Linux market and make it work? Yes, they can.

Perfect out of the box

One of the major advantages Apple has in the market is that it controls the hardware and the software, which means it can test things on very limited hardware configurations and be sure it works for everyone. With netbooks, Ubuntu has the same happy situation: the vast majority use Intel's Atom CPU, have 1GB of RAM, onboard graphics and a fairly standard wireless network card. As a result, UNR does something desktop Linux rarely manages: it looks great out of the box.

We don't mean it has nicer colours, prettier icons or nicer widgets. Instead, we mean if you hover icons they grow a little larger. When you click one, it spins around to show it has been activated. Menus fade in and out, and real alpha transparency is there as standard. You don't get wobbly windows or other Compiz frippery - instead, the effects are subtle and easy on the eye, constantly reminding you that just because the laptop is cheap it doesn't mean it's no good.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix strips desktop clutter back to its absolute minimum, making the most of limited screen space.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix strips desktop clutter back to its absolute minimum, making the most of limited screen space.

But UNR doesn't stop there. Canonical recommends that netbook manufacturers purchase Windows Media Audio and Video codecs before shipping devices to customers, and makes it easy to purchase licences for MPEG4 (H.263), MP3 and AAC as well. Adobe Flash, Acrobat Reader, Java and Skype are all also easily installed.

All this may make hardcore Free Software advocates gnash their teeth, but ultimately it means that more users have more positive experiences with their new Linux netbooks, and that's crucial to helping spread the word that Linux isn't scary/broken/rubbish.

And, of course, it comes with Ubuntu's now ubiquitous brown, albeit the darkest shade yet.

What's special about Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Following the trend set by Asus and Xandros back with the Eee PC 701, UNR makes it very easy to run programs by listing all the available applications directly on your desktop. But where the Eee split programs up into categories such as Work, Learn and Play, UNR sticks with Gnome's standard category breakdown of Accessories, Graphics, Sound & Video and more. But it breaks with style in three important ways:

  • It has a Favourites menu with the most commonly run apps - you can also drop things in there for later access.
  • Preferences and Administration are easily accessible, being placed beneath the other menu items.
  • Regardless of which menu category you view, common folders from your filesystem are always visible on the right.

Even though the menus are presented as flat tabs, they still use the standard menu format so you can edit them using Alacarte, and any software you add using Synaptic or apt-get is automatically added.

But the real surprise comes when you launch any program, because they nearly all launch automatically maximised and with their window decoration (the brown bar at the top) removed. This behaviour - powered by a background daemon called Maximus - is a simple and pragmatic attempt to save screen estate, because the most common screen resolution on netbooks is 1024x600 so the screen real estate is very limited.

Instead of window decorations, UNR launches programs as if they were browser tabs. Every app that's running is shown in a small icon along the top left of the screen, whereas the currently activated window takes up the remainder of the space and is clearly highlighted. Losing the window decoration in this way clearly only saves 25 pixels or so, but part of the magic of UNR is that work has been put in to save pixels everywhere and eventually all those savings add up: you really do get more data on your screen with UNR.

Maximus in action: only the active program occupies much space in the top panel, with the others appearing as small icons.

Maximus in action: only the active program occupies much space in the top panel, with the others appearing as small icons.

Not every app benefits from being maximised using Maximus - Gtk's system of making widgets fit their allocated space makes some apps look distorted and hard to use. Fortunately, none of these ship with UNR as standard, which means that users coming to Linux the first time won't have any problems. But if you're a more advanced user and decide that Cheese, F-Spot and OOo Draw don't cut it in the Graphics category, you may find that some of the more obscure packages in Synaptic don't look quite right.

We should point out that Update Manager does not get automatically maximised, so it's clear that there are workarounds in place. Earlier test versions of UNR had each palette in The Gimp being maximised, but that small flaw has been fixed now.

Continuing to follow Asus's lead, UNR doesn't have virtual desktop enabled by default. On the one hand we can absolutely understand that virtual desktops would confuse newbies (although Apple managed to make it digestible by giving it the catchy name "Spaces"), but on such a small screen virtual desktops must surely be more of an advantage than ever.

What sucks about Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Even though it's head and shoulders above most other netbook distros, UNR still needs more work. Yes, we know it's only the first official release, but every distro has some litte niggles in that can be improved. And with UNR the biggest problem really does come back to Maximus - we love the idea, and on the whole it works just fine. But when you run a program that wasn't really designed to be run in full screen and Maximus hasn't been told to leave it alone, it doesn't look too good.

A small mitigation to this is that you can right-click on any window tab and tell Maximus to Unmaximise it, but the next time you ran that same program it would be maximised as before. If Maximus were smart enough to remember that you didn't want that app maximised previously, this wouldn't be a problem.

When Maximus gets it wrong: this is actually the preferences window for the tabbed window applet, but Maximus stretches everything to make it full screen and it just doesn't look good.

When Maximus gets it wrong: this is actually the preferences window for the tabbed window applet, but Maximus stretches everything to make it full screen and it just doesn't look good.

Another problem with Maximus is that it makes some day-to-day operations a bit clumsy - drag and drop, for example, is done by picking up files, hovering approximately over the 32x32-pixel icon for the tab you want to drop it onto (which is neatly obscured because the thing you're dragging is over it), then waiting a second for the tab to automatically change. It's precarious at best, but could easily be fixed by making dragging icons partly transparent so you can aim more precisely.

The only other problem - also minor - is Gnome's viciously slow code for reading icons, which is compounded by the fact that UNR won't change tabs until the icons for that tab have been loaded. Although SSDs ought to leave hard drives in their dust, lower-end netbooks appear to come with SSDs that have been dipped in treacle - OpenOffice.org Writer loads in a respectable 12 seconds on our Aspire One, but changing tabs for the first time can take up to two seconds. And installing a couple of hundred megs of system updates? It's almost slow enough that you're tempted to run older, broken apps than sit through the process.

To be fair, these aren't Ubuntu's problems. Yes, having a holding throbber in place while loading icons would help, but slow SSDs will act as a speedbump for any distro.

Your software selection

Content in the knowledge that most netbooks ship with at least 4GB of space, Ubuntu Netbook Remix weighs in at a rather rotund 2.1GB for its default install. This will of course be hugely irritating to people with 2GB Eee PCs, but with many netbooks now packing 160GB hard drives clearly the first-gen netbooks are in the minority.

Thanks to blithely ignoring the 2GB limit, UNR comes with OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Evolution, Pidgin, Totem and lots of other Gnome mainstays. And, yes, that includes Mono: Tomboy and F-Spot are both present and correct. In fact, the only noticeable absence was The Gimp, perhaps because few people are likely to want to do any serious art production on a netbook. That said, it's an apt-get away, so anyone who wants it isn't being held back. Cheese, the Gnome webcam app, worked perfectly out of the box on our Acer Aspire One, again contributing to the slick user experience that is the standard in UNR.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix comes with Gnome's webcam app, Cheese, as standard, and it works out of the box.

UNR comes with Gnome's webcam app, Cheese, as standard, and it works out of the box.

Behind the scenes, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 is just like any other Jaunty Jackalope release, which means it comes with the stylish new notification dialogs that pop up in the top-right corner when something important happens. But it also means you can switch back to the standard Ubuntu desktop if you want to, with the panels along the top and bottom as you would normally expect in Gnome. One tip, though: make sure you close any windows before changing back to the netbook view, because they can easily get hidden!

Ubuntu Netbook Remix makes it easy to change between the netbook interface and a standard Gnome desktop.

Get Ubuntu Netbook Remix from normal desktop Ubuntu

The transformation from Netbook Remix to standard Ubuntu isn't one way: if you're running the standard desktop edition of Ubuntu 9.04 you can switch to a netbook interface quite easily, but be warned: it might take a little effort to return your desktop to the way it was!

Warning: if you're using Compiz (aka "desktop effects") please turn it off now. UNR doesn't need them, and in fact it may collide with its own deskop effects system.

First, bring up a terminal window and run this command:

sudo apt-get install go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus netbook-launcher window-picker-applet

When you enter your password, that command will pull in various dependencies required to make UNR work. Now reboot your PC, and you should come back to a desktop that has the two largest parts of UNR working - the netbook-launcher app (the thing that now owns your desktop) and maximus, the window maximiser. But this is only the beginning of the transformation - to get the full effect, you should do the following:

  1. Remove from the top panel the Ubuntu menu (Applications/Places/System) from the left and the switch user applet from the right, plus any app launchers you don't want. Just right-click on things and choose Remove From Panel to get rid of them.
  2. Right-click on the top panel, choose Add to Panel, then add Go Home and Window Picker, moving them to the left and centre of the panel respectively.
  3. Remove the bottom panel entirely - right-click and choose Delete This Panel.
  4. Now go to System > Preferences > Appearance and choose the Human-Netbook theme.

So... what do we think?

We've explained how it works, we've told you what it includes, and we've even shown you how you can try it today without installing a new distro. But this still leaves the question "is it any good?" And here's the answer: yes. We're really grateful to Asus for kicking off the netbook market, and its simplified user interface isn't totally disconnected from UNR's.

But what we like about UNR is that Canonical has managed to totally rethink the way screen real estate is used while also building upon established Linux standards. The window tab system isn't a hack; it's just an applet for Gnome panel. The application quick launcher doesn't store its own database; it just reads the same .desktop files as any other menu system.

And yet these are the sorts of features most people won't notice - at least not directly. Instead, when added to the visual gloss that's enabled as standard, Ubuntu Netbook Remix just feels good to use because you know a lot of thought has gone into its design, and a lot of polish has gone into its production.

The only truly scary thing is that this is Canonical's first foray into the netbook world, and already it's kicked competitors into touch. Sure, Ubuntu haters won't go near it, but everyone else with a netbook needs to give UNR a try because we think you won't be disappointed.

Nautilus is used for all file management, and it works as well as ever. Note, though, the small gap left at the bottom by Maximus - presumably this is Nautilus expecting a bottom panel to exist.

Nautilus is used for all file management, and it works as well as ever. Note, though, the small gap left at the bottom by Maximus - presumably this is Nautilus expecting a bottom panel to exist.

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Your comments

Just in time

I was just now considering trying out UNR. Too bad it appears to be a bit to big for my 2GB pen drive.

It will fit on your 2GB pen drive

Unless you planned on installing UNR on your pen drive it will fit, the installer image is less than 1 GB, the 2.1 GB in the article refers to the space taken up on the netbook when installed.

1GB pen is enough

1GB pen is enough to run it, I installed it from one.

Gap at the bottom and Maximus behaviour

The gap at the bottom in the last picture might be solved by installing the metacity version available through the ubuntu netbook remix ppa.
I have used the netbook remix on my 'normal' laptop for a while and found maximus and the window-picker-applet to be a very very nice combination. Maximus' behaviour can be edited through the gconf-editor, where you can add programs/windows that are not to be maximized.

I'll agree, however, that this is not what the average netbook user might be considering, I find it strange that the UNR does not come with the UNR ppa enabled by default. If that is really the case (can't confirm since I've switched to kubuntu in January) it might be worth to file this as a bug...

Matthew

I have a 2GB Eee PC and I installed this on an SD card. It's a little slow, but otherwise works well.

Maximus humbug! Netbook desktop Ditto!

I installed UNR 9.04 on my Acer Aspire One, switched to
Classic Desktop and killed maximus, and good riddance.
The AA1 screen is crisp enough so that always maximizing windows is probably unnecessary.

Re: Not what I heard...

Just to confirm: we installed and used a plain vanilla Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 on our Acer Aspire One, and had no problems. It uses Intel's GMA950 adapter, if we recall correctly, and it worked flawlessly. No problems. No crashes. No Xorg reconfiguration required. It just worked.

ubuntu netbook desktop and classical desktop.

what happens to me, after installing unr 9.04 in the aao and switching to 'classical desktop', is that after a reboot there is no way to get control of the netbook. only brown background and touchpad right click, but not useful to get neither the 'classical desktop' not the 'ubuntu netbook desktop'.

Daughter's Netbook

I installed NBR on my daughter's ACER Aspire One one the first day of release and it worked like a charm. She loves it and finds it easier to use, she's only 6 BTW!

Sometimes I steal it if my desktop is busy and I have to say it's not as crippled as I thought it would be. I was expecting a slight slowdown compared to the 'tuned' fedora distro that it came with but no sign of it at all.

I'm super happy.

Switching between NBR and classic desktop

I'm about to buy an Asus 1000H. I intend it to use as mobile netbook, but also want to connect it frequently to my 24" monitor/keyboard (which is a matter of seconds with my belkin laptop kvm switch).

So it would be desireable that NBR can switch really fast or even automatically (detection of vga plug?) between NBR and classic desktop.

8.04 had some issues with this scenario, in the beginning I couldn't use my current laptop with the monitor because of resolution problems, now i have to change the resolution manually...

are there any improvements in 9.04/NBR for such a "switcher scenario"?

Mini 9

I'm rolling with UNR on my Mini 9. Works great, but I just kinda like having the desktop at my disposal.

"... netbook manufacturers

"... netbook manufacturers purchase Windows Media Audio and Video codecs before shipping devices to customers, and makes it easy to purchase licences for MPEG4 (H.263), MP3 and AAC as well."

"Adobe Flash, Acrobat Reader, Java and Skype are all also easily installed."

Must all this stuff must be added by the user who downloads UNR? In other words, if I download and install UNR, are some common capabilities not included by default in the downloaded UNR?

Is there a convenient icon to click to install these capabilities, or must the user manually enable additional repositories? If additional repositories must be enabled, are those repositories formally supported by Ubuntu?

Re: netbook manufacturers

Look for and install the package ubuntu-restricted-extras to enable all sorts of extra features - Flash, MP3s, Java, etc.

Installing Remix

You don't actually have to install all those things to get remix working, in 9.04 it's as easy as

apt-get install ubuntu-netbook-remix

That will install all the necessary stuff. You'll still need to do the manual setup to make it look right.

don't need UNR, just install full Ubuntu 9.04

Maybe with 8.xx the UNR was a good idea. But why limit yourself? I'm running an Acer Aspire One (8GB SSD, 1G ram after installing 512 upgrade) and decided to try Ubuntu 9.04 without the netbook remix first to see how it ran. Using the EXT4 filesystem it runs very well, even with compiz effects turned on and the AWN dock. plus everything worked out of the box, including webcam and wireless (but no wireless LED).

I Love it.. I have it on

I Love it.. I have it on both my asus eee pc and my dell mini 9.. works great on both....

I am really impressed with the ubuntu community and it's developers.. keep on doing a great job..

does anybody have an idea when i can buy a ubuntu 9.04 cd? ( to help support the project )

Re: Switcher

Switcher: I had a similar desire, and the built-in resolution configuration tool didn't work well for me. Using the netbook's video mode switcher function button did switch things, but not in a consistent or good way.

What I did was remap the key in the acpi scripts to call a custom script that used xrandr to reconfigure screens. If an external screen is attached, it disables the local screen, and enables the external with the correct res. When an external screen is not present it does the opposite.

I noticed that if the monitor is not plugged in when X starts, it doesn't get correct EDID info, so I have to manually add the screen mode with xrandr and then switch to it.

Works well.

WTF?! "litte niggles" sounds

WTF?! "litte niggles" sounds offensive!

Adobe Flash

Don't expect to be able to watch youtube or any other flash streaming video on a 1.6GHz Atom under any linux distro, no matter how many tweaks you make to your setup, it will always look choppy, even worse in full screen mode... which is kinda the whole point on a 9" screen.

Works fine in XP though :(

Trust me, I tried for almost 6 months, wasted many hours, don't bother waiting for the next version of Ubuntu either... Ubuntu is great... it simply boils down to Flash for linux being a cpu hog.

My GOD, people

That cat is SITTING ON THE KEYBOARD!!!! Is no one else bothered by this? And it looks just like my cat. Clearly, she's somehow bought a netbook before me and is hiding it under the bed.

Seriously though, great review and a great looking version. Makes me really want a netbook.

wrongly maximised windows are not a problem

Hi,
I have been using NBR for about a year now and if I do not want an app to be maximised I rightclick its tab andun-maximise it... the only bothersome thing is that you will have to do that every time you start the app. But no dealbreaker for me.
Cheers,
MadMud

Good for the Atom...

...Bad for the Celeron.

For the newer netbooks, NBR seems to be great. It's responsive, arranges things very nicely, and looks great. So very folks with a mini 9, Wind and the like, I think NBR is a great, easy to use OS.

However, I have a EeePC 701. This packs a Celeron processor instead of the more formidable Atom. The slowdown is very, very noticeable. I've packed 2 gigs of ram into it, and the machine still isn't as fast as I want it to be.

I've tried many other distros and found that something with a smaller amount of eye candy and less bloat works a lot better.

My current favorite is Crunchbang, which is essentially a stripped down Ubuntu, but I've also liked Puppy a great deal. They are leaner and require less processing power to get running.

I agree wholly

You're right on with the problems with Maximus... and you make good suggestions to future code (remembering if you don't like fullscreen on an item) that might make it worthwhile in the future. For now, I'll stick to Classic mode on my Mini9 but I'll watch the future of UNR. I will say that regular Window List applet still looks like tabs while UME/Maximus is running with the Human-Netbook theme, and is a better workaround for some of the complaints you had with the UNR Window Picker.

try eeebuntu

if youre looking a netbook remix type, take a look at eeebuntu. very similar to UNR but with a complete package installation and a bit more smooth. downloading now for my ASUS 1000he

UNR is great

I have an HP Mini 1000 that I tried several different distros on, including the heavily modified HP Mini version. Out of all of them, UNR makes the best use of screen real estate and supported all of the hardware in the computer, including flawless video, wireless, and Sprint USB EVDO performance.

My wife has an Acer Aspire One and has also been perfectly happy with it.

I'd say overall, it's a win.

intr.v. nig·gled,

intr.v. nig·gled, nig·gling, nig·gles
1. To be preoccupied with trifles or petty details.
2. To find fault constantly and trivially; carp.
-------------------------

Boy, are YOU a niggler.

Now we have to worry about being politically correct and sensitive to an imagined slight.

Get an education - or look up things in a dictionary.

Wish it didn't lag

I love the interface and use of screen on my tiny screened eeePC 701. But it is DOG slow.

non-free

Tuxradar

Great well-written review.

Thanks for the quick response to the question about installing non-free software.

While I respect the Ubuntu approach and recognize that there is little support at this point for making things even easier for netbook users, in the future some consideration should be given to providing a desktop icon that would provide a one-click option to install common non-free software.

Cat!

Why has no one commented on how gorgeous the cat is?

eeebuntu

You didn't review eeebuntu 2. Not here or in your group test. Why not? It's the best distro I've tried on my eeepc 900. First distro except the xandros it came with that skype worked no problems and suspend/resume worked solidly.

netbook-launcher is so slow on a 701

However, I do like the WM tweaks and increase in real-estate so I just removed netbook-launcher :)

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04

I had installed Ubuntu 9.04 (desktop) on my Dell Latitude C640, but every time I'd do updates i'd get video problems. netbook Remix works great on my Latitude.

Try Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy takes the featrues from Ubuntu and makes the whole distro more netbook optimized, works great out of the box on my Dell!

Default color theme is still

Default color theme is still "doo-doo butter brown". RocketBoy has absolutely no shame.

bobby dazzler of a release.

bobby dazzler of a release. fast booting and got all bells and whistles compiz running smoothly, just have to turn maximus and unr...something off. runs really fast if you add a bit of code tweaking to xorg.conf

What do I think? Good idea, poor execution (literally)

I have both a Sony Vaio-P and an HP2133 netbook. Now, the 2133 has a Via processor, which is not supported by UNR, so I didn't expect it to work. The Sony on the other hand, has an Intel Atom CPU, per the UNR requirements.

Booted UNR on both my HP and Sony. In both cases it ran dog, dog, dog slow. As in, click on a tab & wait 2 *minutes* for the screen to redraw all the icons.

Regular Ubuntu 9.04 works just fine on both platforms with little to no fiddling. So, thumbs-down in my opinion.

UNR great for wi-fi

The Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 has finally made my Acer One 150 (512mb RAM, 8gig SSD) a fully usable laptop. The limited range of software and functionality on the original Linpus Lite that came installed on the machine was a severe limitation.

The difference in functionality after installing UNR is HUGE, particularly with the wi-fi network manager. It allows for connection types that the old Linpus Lite setup just couldn't handle (e.g., userid and password for my office wi-fi network).

I've just taken it on the road for a few days, leaving my normal laptop behind. The stability, ease of use and the range of applications makes UNR a very attractive alternative to Win XP on netbooks: I use Dropbox for synchronizing files across my machines, and it's made online collaborations very easy, combined with OpenOffice.org for editing, and Gmail/GoogleDocs for working online.

Having tried Linpus, WinXP and Ubuntu Netbook Remix on this machine, I'm happy sticking with the last one. Big kudos to Canonical for this one!

Doesn't install by default on an Acer Aspire One

They should make an .iso version of UNR. Acer Aspire One won't boot up to an SDHC card.

So instead I had to burn a CD of regular desktop Ubuntu and install that.

Then I upgrade from regular Ubuntu, except your instructions are forgetting many packages included in UNR. Just install the ubuntu-netbook-remix package and everything should be taken care of, although another documentation page mentions running this too to hide the desktop (I haven't tested yet to see if it's necessary):

gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false

Cheese - No camera found on P901

So far, the UNR has been working fine in my Eee PC P901. One problem I've encountered so far is that Cheese comes up with a "No camera found!" error message. Anybody knows an easy fix for this?

Must also add that this review is great.

It's quick enough on a Acer Aspire One proving...

I have it running quite nicely on an Acer Aspire One, but I found the default EXT3 install far too slow. Instead, I formatted as EXT4 and adjusted the /etc/fstab to mount with noatime, and the speed is really good.
Firefox, still lags when writing to disk, but that can be adjusted as well.

Well, I just killed xandros

Well, I just killed xandros on my eeePC 901, and I am perfectly happy with Ubuntu 9.04.

My problem is that I am still quite new to Linux, and in the UNR I killed the battery and network icons in the status bar at the top.

In desktop mode they are there, and in UNR I have been hunting for the prefs handling them, but with no success...

Could anybody give me a hint, please?

Flash works ... youtube streaming is ok ... :)

@Alex:

>> Don't expect to be able to watch youtube or any other flash streaming video on a 1.6GHz Atom under any linux distro, no matter how many tweaks you make to your setup, it will always look choppy, even worse in full screen mode... which is kinda the whole point on a 9" screen.

I've been using youtube for video streaming on a netbook running Ubuntu 8.10 and now 9.04 with no problems at all.

I am using the Adobe Shockwave Flash-free plugin and not the OSS flash plugin.

>>Trust me, I tried for almost 6 months, wasted many hours, don't bother waiting for the next version of Ubuntu either... Ubuntu is great... it simply boils down to Flash for linux being a cpu hog.

Watching youtube vids smoothly on my netbook uses 75% of cpu throttled at 66%. This means it is using 75% of 66% X 1.60Ghz (approx) or 49% if my atom was running at 1.6Ghz.

Another factor is the network bandwidth. I have two diff connections that I use: DSL broadband (~8000Mbps) and Mobile broadband (2000Mbps) and both give good streaming quality.

So, what is your config? It may not be Ubuntu or UNR, it may be your config.

PC Sucks

"Now we have to worry about being politically correct and sensitive to an imagined slight.

Get an education - or look up things in a dictionary."

Some poor smuck got fired during the Clinton Adm. when he used this word in a meeting.

PC sucks.

KatFoo

why is this cat called unr4.jpg ?

nice with my wife's Acer Aspire 1

I dual booted UNR with the original WinXP on my wife's AA1. Marvelous! As she do not know how to use ubuntu (yet) with it, I have to dual boot!

Disapearing desktop

I switched my desktop to the classic Ubuntu from the Remix, rebooted, and all that was displayed were icons, no upper and lower menu bars, nothing...

I found 9.04 less stable on

I found 9.04 less stable on my new Mini 9 (it made poor Pingus crash, tho Pingus runs flawlessly on the same Mini 9 under 8.04) and my mouse simply does not work under 9.04, whereas under 8.04 it's flawless.

What's the incentive to upgrade? Because so far it looks like a downgrade, for me at least :(

reply to Smiley1081

go to the home button in the top left corner, next to it is a littel mark, that you can grab with the mouse. do so, and pull marker to the left sligtyl. right click in the space you have just made, and clikc add lanucher or applet, or sumin like that. thwn in the dialog box search notifiction, add the ressult, and your done. all you need to do now is grab thenotifaction area to where it should be, and move that marker back

Rockin' on my DM9 and lovin'

Rockin' on my DM9 and lovin' it...

AUFS please?

I've got an Acer Aspire One running UNR. Seems more stable and less of a PITA than the pre-installed linpus. Is there any way to do the cool aufs file-system merge in UNR though? Fiancée brought me a Sandisk III Extreme for my birthday and I'd like to make good use of it.
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