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News

  • 2010-05-01 Streamlining instructions for installation for preparations of Fedora 13.

Installing Fedora LiveCD from USB flash drive

Using USB pendrive (at least 1 GB) take a look at the USB Howto page

Using the regular installation DVD may be problematic when putting it on USB flash drives. Use the livecd versions.

Recommended for resource limited netbooks

http://spins.fedoraproject.org/moblin/ [available when Fedora 13 is released]

  • Fedora 13 daily [1]
  • Fedora 12 livecd (missing anaconda installation; use yum to download)[2]

http://spins.fedoraproject.org/xfce/

http://spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/

Custom Spins

Allows you to customize a Fedora Spin.

# yum install revisor
  • remove software due to space requirements
  • add non-free software like flash, codecs, etc
  • add software you use

Hardware support

Latest stable Fedora release updated fully. Unless the model listed is completely green, expect to be fixing things.

Model Video Sound FN keys Power Mngmnt Wired WiFi Webcam
700x i915 snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y atl2 ath5k uvcvideo
900 i915 snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y atl2 ath5k uvcvideo
901/1000H i915 snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y atl1e kmod-rt2860 uvcvideo
1005HA i915 snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y atl1c ath9k uvcvideo
1001p i915 snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y atl1c ath9k uvcvideo
1005P/PE i915 snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y atl1c ath9k uvcvideo
1101 xorg-x11-drv-psb snd_hda_intel eeepc_laptop Y Y ath5k uvcvideo
1201N nouveau/nvidia snd_hda_intel eeepc_latop Y atl1c rtl8192se uvcvideo

Green: works
Yellow: should eventually work
Red: non-free drivers or serious hardware support problems


Eee PC 90x/1000H/1005HA/1005PEB Series

The XXXp models (like the 1005p) are based on newer Pine Trail platforms. Issues may arise as newer models are released.

Fn Keys (included wireless switch)

  • Almost working, the Fn+F2 (wireless switch) doesn't work yet; supported by eeepc_laptop kernel module. May require 'acpi_osi=Linux' to be added to kernel boot parameters for eeepc_laptop module to load.

Wireless chipset

  • Eee PC 901/1000H wireless chip is Ralink RT2860, which is not supported by current kernel (work on support is in progress, see rt2400 project page for more details), but there's an open source driver provided by Ralink. RPMFusion has a kmod package with this driver (kmod-rt2860). Read this for more details on external repositories.
  • 1001p/1005p wireless chip is Atheros AR2427 802.11g WiFi supported by ath9k but needs 2.6.32+ kernel.

Issues

  • Fn Key to disable wireless also disables eth0 [fix: what model?]

Eee PC 1101 Series

The 1101 series has a 11.6" screen and a dual-core 1.33Ghz Atom Z250 processor.

Integrated Intel GMA 500 video chipset

Fn Keys with issues

  • Fn+F3 touchpad: no
  • Fn+F4 screen resolution: no
  • Fn+F5 brightness down: no
  • Fn+F6 brightness up: no
  • Fn+F8 external monitor: ?

Wireless chipset

  • Atheros AR9285 wireless chip supported natively by ath5k kernel module. Unfortunately, the WiFi doesn't resume after suspend.

Eee PC 1201 Series

The 1201 series has a 12.1" screen and a dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor.

Eee PC 1201N

The nVidia ION model.

Integrated nVidia GeForce 9400M video chipset

  • supported by nouveau driver, may have problems with suspend
  • supported by proprietary nvidia driver

Fn Keys

  • display-related keys work
  • sound-related are not supported by KDE system
  • rfkill doesn't work
  • touchpad disabler doesn't work.

Wireless chipset

  • not supported by default, no packages in rpmfusion, no drivers in staging tree. This is a Realtek RTL8192SE chip, incompatible with RTL8192E and RTL8192SU drivers already in staging.
  • vendor-supplied free drivers may or may not work, depending on your kernel version and system CPU architecture
  • you may have luck with a rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0010.1116.2009 driver on 2.6.31.5 or 2.6.31.9 kernel on x86_64 architecture.

Fixes and solutions to common problems

Screen is off after resume from suspend/hibernate (Eee PC 901)

Adding --quirk-dpms-on to pm-suspend/pm-hibernate helps. Adding --store-quirks-as-fdi makes it permanent.

Note: upgrading to BIOS 1603 seems to have removed the need for this quirk.

See bug 468271.

Hints and alternative software

Maximize battery life

# yum install powertop

TODO: add more, elevator, hpet, framebuffer compression, etc

Maximize performance / boot

Custom Kernel http://www.fedora-netbook.com/

TODO: add more, unnecessary services, EFI boot booster, etc

Lightweight Desktops

su -c 'yum install [application name here]'
  • @lxde-desktop a lightweight desktop environment that fits perfectly on low performance PCs like netbooks.
  • openbox - lightweight window manager


After installation you will need to choose openbox as your new window manager. If you are running gdm click on the session button and choose Gnome/Openbox. If you have an .xinitrc that is run at log in you can add, openbox, openbox-session or openbox-gnome-session to it.

Lightweight Internet Browsers


More information

Custom netbook kernels and optimizations http://www.fedora-netbook.com/