How to Install Linux on the Asus 901

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How to Install Linux on the Asus 901
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The ASUS 901 may be small, but it packs enough power to run most of the popular Linux distributions. With new distributions of Linux using fewer resources than Microsoft Windows and easier than ever to use, the ASUS 901 is the perfect machine for anyone ready to install Linux for the first time.

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Things you need

  • Blank compact disc or universal serial bus (USB) flash drive

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  1. 1

    Choose a Linux distribution. Both Ubuntu 10.04 and OpenSUSE 11.3 offer netbook optimisation. Debian offers a distribution made especially for the ASUS netbook series, Debian EeePC, and has specific support for the ASUS 901.

  2. 2

    Download your Linux distribution of choice from the distribution website. Links to the Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and DebianEeePC systems are in the Resources section.

  3. 3

    Create either a bootable compact disc (CD) or a bootable universal serial bus (USB) flash drive. A USB flash drive is not a permanent boot disc, and it can be used for regular file storage after Linux installation.

  4. 4

    Read the distribution's installation instructions thoroughly before installation.

  5. 5

    Back up your files. If you use an e-mail client, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, export and back up your contacts.

  1. 1

    Reboot the laptop. Do that when the bootable USB or CD is in the computer.

  2. 2

    Test the distribution with the Live Preview function if applicable. Most major distributions offer a live preview that allows you test drive the operating system before committing to the installation.

  3. 3

    Start the installation process. If you use a live preview, it should have an option to begin installation from either the task bar or desktop, though that varies depending on your distribution.

  4. 4

    Follow the steps that come up on the screen. Generally, all distributions ask which hard drive to use for the installation. You also may be asked whether or not you want to partition your drive.

  5. 5

    Answer all prompted questions. They may include date, time, language, user name and password, and network settings.

  6. 6

    Reboot the computer after installation is complete if the installation process doesn't reboot automatically. After rebooting, your new Linux operating system should be ready to use.

Tips and warnings

  • The ASUS 901 meets the system requirements for running Ubuntu 10.04, Debian EeePC, and OpenSUSE 11.3.
  • Ubuntu is the most popular and user-friendly distribution of Linux; it's often the easiest to use when switching from Windows.
  • When using a live preview, don't feel rushed to install; test the various functions of the operating system to ensure everything works to your liking. If it doesn't, remove the CD or USB, and reboot to get back to your computer's previous operating system.
  • If you replace Windows with Linux, ensure that you have the Windows installation disc. Without it, you won't be able to reinstall Windows if you change your mind.
  • Fedora 13 can take up to 9 GB of hard drive space; this may limit the function and usability on the ASUS 901.
  • While many Linux distributions are very user-friendly, the small differences between Linux and Windows can take some adjusting for a new user.

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