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Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix (with Jaunty) on an MSI Wind

I recently picked up a MSI Wind Netbook and love the damn thing. Ubuntu Netbook Remix brings in a great UI which makes navigating on the small screen much easier.I used Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 4 as the base install, mainly because I didn’t want to go through the trouble of converting my ext3 partitions to ext4 when it comes out on April 23rd, and the driver support is more complete. I haven’t had many problems with it aside from a few random firefox crashes.

  1. We’re going to make a bootable USB stick to install Ubuntu

  2. On a separate machine, Download the cd image. If you want to use 8.10, get the iso here

  3. if you are already using an Ubuntu install of 8.10 or higher, skip to step 11

  4. burn the image to a cd

  5. Boot to the cd, do not install, load the demo OS

  6. click System->Administration->Create a USB startup disk

  7. point it to either the cd in your drive, or the iso

  8. point to the correct USB stick

  9. the rest of the settings can stay default

  10. click Make Startup Disk

  11. Insert the usb drive into your wind, power it on, and hit delete to go into the bios, change the first boot device to USB Drive

  12. save and exit the bios

  13. If the wind boots off of the USB stick correctly, you should see the same screen as when you had booted off the cd

  14. Install Ubuntu

  15. I made my partitions as follows:
    |30 gig recovery partition|20 gig XP partition|15 Gig Ext4 Ubuntu Partition|4 gig swap partition|the rest of the drive as an ext4 partition
    ![](https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ng3QbVQfLZ8/SaYPBBQ2EmI/AAAAA AAAa74/DBWWqZQOEko/s1600-h/partitions.png)

  1. That last partition is where I will mount my home directory, as well as mount from windows xp using ext2fs (I havn’t actually tried this yet)

  2. Add the netbook remix repositories to your system. This can be be done in synaptic or by typing the following into a terminal
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

  3. add the following:
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu intrepid main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu intrepid main

  4. sudo apt-get update

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

  6. Select the “Human Netbook Theme” in System Preferences>Apperance

  7. go into System Preferences-> sessions->startup programs and confirm that “Maximus” and “window-picker-applet” are thre

  8. Disable Compiz Effects System Preferences->Appearance->None

    This is what is required to get netbook remix running, I continued with the following to tweak it some more

  1. Delete the bottom panel by right clicking on it

  2. Delete all the applets on the top panel by right clicking on them

  3. Add applets to the top panel so it ends up like:
    Window Picker Applet | Trash Can |Notification Area | MixerApplet | Clock

  4. I also made alt+q the hotkey to show the desktop, makes navigating to it faster. Another option is the show desktop applet button that can be added to the top bar. Preferences->keyboard shortcuts->“Hide all normal windows…”

More info is available here.

Published 25 Feb 2009

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