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Ubuntu Netbook review

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I'm off to FOSDEM next weekend, so I've got my aged EeePC 901 out of the cupboard. It's the only laptop I have that can stand up to really long days without a power socket. I'm trying out a selection of the 'state of the art' in netbook distributions.

I was using Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my EeePC at last year's FOSDEM, dual-booting with Mac OS X. Since Ubuntu 10.04 it's been renamed Ubuntu Netbook Edition, so time for a reinstall and new road test.

I have a hate:hate relationship with Ubuntu installation media. It seems like the only reliable way to get a USB key set up is to use unetbootin (the "Startup Disk Creator") on an existing Ubuntu machine. This is an irritating chicken and egg situation. There are instructions for creating a USB drive using diskutil and dd on a Mac, but they seem to have a high failure rate. I've also tried image-usb-stick which seems a little more rigorous. This is by no means an Ubuntu fault, incidentally - the Fedora USB key instructions are almost identical. I'm not sure why USB drives are such a black art.

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