Kubuntu Netbook Edition starts to take shape

One of our goals for Kubuntu in this development cycle is to introduce a new sub-flavor of Kubuntu for netbooks (thus Kubuntu Netbook Edition).
We took a significant step forward on Friday when we got our first images:
They are not optimized for netbooks yet, but KDE is natively pretty flexible about scale so it works reasonably well.
Now we need testers. I’m particularly interested in testing with a variety of netbook hardware. If you have a system that needs proprietary, undistributable modules like poulsbo (e.g. Dell mini 10), then this won’t work. I did already discover that the Broadcom drivers my mini 10v needs were not on the ISO and that’s fixed.
We have two goals for this release:
1. We want to offer a traditional KDE computing experience scaled to the smaller form factor. We should have a first cut at this done soon and be ready for some real testing to see what was missed.
2. Offer a really exciting and new netbook experience using the plasma-netbook shell. The pieces we need for this are still under heavy development (it looks like Kubuntu will be the first distro to release with it) and so it will arrive somewhat late and may have to be deferred to Karmic +1.
For now, please install from our new image and see if all your hardware works. I’ll let you know when we’re ready for more.
For now you’ll need to use the GTK usb-creator, but we are also close to having both KDE and Windows USB creator variants.


9 Responses to “Kubuntu Netbook Edition starts to take shape”

  1. 1 Niko Lewman July 12, 2009 at 16:58

    Hi Scott, I have couple samsung nc10s,eeepc 901 and 701.
    I have the image and will install it asap, is there a wiki page or similar for reports?

  2. 2 KenP July 12, 2009 at 21:24

    Thanks for this project. Although I don’t own a netbook yet, its good to know we will have an alternative to GTK/GNOME-based netbook distributions … and no, I am not counting Xandros’ attempt as a decent alternative!

  3. 3 ScottK July 13, 2009 at 01:09

    Yes, we do have a wiki page to collect test experiences. Please see:

  4. 4 Carlos Blanquer July 13, 2009 at 03:09

    I have Kubuntu 9.04 installed on an eeePC 701, which works fine, just a little slow. I shall give a try to the K Netbook Edition and come back to you in a couple of weeks.
    **btw: reinstalling any (K)Ubuntu image on eeePC 701 has required to me to first reinstall the original Xandros system, or eeePC would not enter the graphical system in (K)Ubuntu. Just in case anybody would be reporting this issue.

  5. 5 TGM July 13, 2009 at 05:28

    This post is worthless without screenshots 😀

  6. 7 ScottK July 13, 2009 at 07:06

    @ Carlos:
    What we need to do is figure out what additional bits Kubuntu needs to provide to make it work. There is some documentation on getting eeepc to work in *buntu without starting from Xandros:
    If you can figure out what needs to be included, then we can try to get that on to the ISO so Kubuntu Netbook Edition will work ‘out of the box’.

  7. 8 Kevin July 21, 2009 at 18:44

    It would be good to create an image file too a bit like the UNR one that will make it easy to load up on a spare SD or flash drive. Would make it easier to test and report on. I would be happy to try such on my eee1000 or 901s

  8. 9 ScottK July 21, 2009 at 19:02

    Looking in to an img image is on the TODO list. In the mean time you can install the usb-creator package and use that to set up your USB stick or SD card.

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