Hands-on Ubuntu Eee

Written by Aldrin Cantos on April 14, 2008 – 9:52 am -

Now, the coolest OS ever made for Asus Eee is on my hands. It’s the Ubuntu Eee. I have not installed it on my eee yet but I will in a while. In the meantime, I’ll try the Live mode.
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PortableApps could be a good sibling to Asus Eee PC XP version

Written by Aldrin Cantos on April 8, 2008 – 12:20 pm -

Asus Eee PC Portable Apps for XPWhile lack of storage is still one of the major trade-offs on Eee PC XP version, there are always some ways to utilize the tiny space to be used for other applications. The XP version comes with the full version of Works, which makes a good alternative to MS Office. EeeSite suggested to dump it and use OpenOffice instead. OpenOffice eats lesser space from your 4GB.

Another way to utilize the space is to not install OpenOffice at all. What you just could do instead is to have and extra USB Flash drive or SDHC and download portable applications there that are very useful in terms of Office, Internet or Development works. Once you installed PortableApps on your flash drive, it will automatically run when you inserted it on a Windows XP environment. The Standard Suite consists pretty much all the applications you need with your routine. PortableApps is absolutely FREE for everyone.

I have not tried this, as well as XP, yet on my Eee PC. Maybe someday I will.

The image above is borrowed from PortableApps.com without permission.


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No Title Bar on eeeXubuntu, Compiz-Fusion, OpenOffice

Written by Aldrin Cantos on April 5, 2008 – 10:29 pm -

You might also have experience with your OpenOffice to have no title bar, in fullscreen, and you can’t minimize, move or resize it when on compiz-fusion. And just like me, you can’t figure out what’s wrong and don’t know what to do. I did some research and got good ideas and formulated own idea from those. I hope my solution helps you.

Here are the problems I had with OpenOffice.

  • When I open it, it’s always in fullscreen mode.
  • It does not have title bars.
  • The window flickers when I initiate popup menus.
  • I cannot minimize, move or resize OpenOffice.
  • When on xfce environment, all windows do not have title bars.

Here’s how to resolve the problem.

  1. Switched off compiz-fusion. You can easily switch it on/off using Forlong’s Compiz-Switch tool.
  2. Run xfce manually on the terminal window. You may notice that after running it manually, all windows, including OpenOffice will have title bars will automatically.
  3. On the terminal, type ‘xfwm4′ and press enter.
  4. Run compiz-fusion on xfce. To do this, run compiz-switch xfwm4 on the terminal window. To run this automatically with compiz-switch tool, I needed to add Compiz-Switch shortcut to the Program Launcher and on the command field, I put ‘compiz-switch xfwm4′. How to add a Program Launcher.
  5. Problem solved! More information about compiz-switch can be found on Forlong’s blog.

You may also read on below about how I discovered the problem if you’re still not bored.

I was playing with my system configuration last week to discover more about compiz-fusion and eeexubuntu. I was able to configure the animation, session settings, etc. to what I like but then, when I started my OpenOffice, I noticed that menus don’t come out as expected. Everytime a menu pops out, the whole window will flicker and then the menu hides again.

I knew it has something to do with my new config. So I tried to bring back my new configuration but there’s something I have missed and I dont know what. Then I started to investigate and research.


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