I did it. I wiped Mandriva clean off my computer, backed up my important files, and installed Ubuntu 8.10 beta on my Eee PC, and so far the experience has been wonderful. There were a few bumps along the way, of course:
- The first time I copied the live CD contents to my bootable USB key (actually my Sansa Clip player), I tried to boot off it and got some weird busybox error message. So I copied the files again, and the second time I booted, it worked.
- Hotkeys and wireless did not work out of the box (and unchecking the restricted driver in the hardware manager did not work, as some people have indicated it would). However, installing the Eee-specific packages from the repositories and rebooting did help. Volume hotkeys still did not work, but I was able to easily set alternative key combinations for volume, and those did work.
- The annoyance of autologin and the Gnome keyring prompt persists with Network Manager (and, yes, I looked around for solutions and found no working ones—one Launchpad bug seemed to indicate that setting a blank keyring password would solve the problem, even though it didn’t). So I just replaced Network Manager with WICD.
- Resume from suspend-to-RAM works about 2/3 of the time. I still just shut down.
- After removing readahead, though, the boot time is just under a minute, which is a huge improvement from when I had Ubuntu 8.04 installed, which booted in about 1 min 40 sec.
- Shut down initially did not work and required the manual editing of the /etc/init.d/halt file (as had previous Ubuntu releases).
Other than that, it has worked a dream. I’m very happy with Intrepid on the Eee. I did one update and left it at that (if I did daily updates, I’m sure one of them would break things, and as the Eee is my main computer, I can’t afford to have that happen).
To anyone who says I should file bug reports on this stuff while Intrepid is still in beta, bug reports have already been filed on all of these, so the developers are quite aware of these problems. I don’t know if they’re a top priority to be fixed or not, though.