Smokin Whale's Custom Ubuntu Image Collection

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  1. Smokin Whale

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    Edit: Update coming soon.

    As promised, I have a few Ubuntu images I'd like to share for those who want an easy to deploy, tweaked version of Ubuntu which works great on older hardware and can be installed in 10 minutes or less. This is something I've been doing in my spare time to streamline the process of getting older PCs up and running for people who are struggling financially or want to breathe new life into their old unsupported Windows XP PC. I figured I spent a LOT of time configuring, testing and documenting this process, so I'd might as well try to share it to save others the time. You can find everything you need in the links below. All you need is a working PC and a bootable Clonezilla Live CD/USB, which can be found here.

    Full disclaimer: I build these as part of the work I do at my small business, so you may notice the odd bookmark in Chrome pointing to my site. Feel free to delete these if you like.

    Lubuntu 14.04 32bit

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    Installation Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VhXUXXiKrTJ1EoSXeRTXk_N8iBOwTtukLbp5z3tM9B0

    Changelog: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aMALxQn3jmPK4YPGm3uHPFc9af6zrSQAZBls0Y_Trs4

    Download link: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8B10EB6605598131!471&authkey=!ADlsjsbrr0ymDRY&ithint=folder,

    Use 7-zip to extract the image to a folder then place it onto an SMB server or external storage device of your choice to use with Clonezilla Live. Will be adding other versions (Ubuntu 32 & 64bit) a little later when I get the time. Let me know your feedback and if you have any questions :thumbup:
     
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    I tried to vote, but you closed the poll in the other thread.

    Thanks for your efforts, and the tweaking to make this work.

    I'll test soon, as I have a couple of older machines that could definitely use this instead of transferring old XP licences.

    I've only ever used Boot CDs, have NFI about running Linux in anger over the long term.

    So, a question from a Linux Newbie... how does it get updated? Something automatic?
     
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    It checks for updates automatically and will pop up once a week or so. All the user has to click is click "install" and it'll update the system and all applications in one go :thumbup: much easier than Windows to be honest.

    On a side note, my 90 year old grandma has been using an earlier custom version of Ubuntu for 2-3 years now and she loves it. So I guess if she can use it, anyone can.

    Edit: Just discovered a minor glitch with desktop icons getting bunched up - all you have to do is right click on ones that are bunched up and uncheck "stick to current position" and they sort themselves out :)
     
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    so... I followed the steps to install right till the end. My swap partition is activated, no problems. But after I finished the process of reprogramming the command console to look for the new swap partition, I rebooted, then when I got back to desktop I get a system error thingy seems to be related to GParted. Ive chosen to sent reports of the problem so maybe you'll see it on your end... not really game breaking but quite annoying at startup.

    also a question this is a really noobish: does Lubuntu have anything similar to My Computer on Windows?
     
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    Weird about the system error. I saw that on a couple of my PCs but it was due to a bad HDD, and the other I had no idea why but everything worked fine so I just disabled the error reporting system (apport).

    Yes, file manager is what you're looking for.
     
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    is there an unbuilt HDD health checker tool in the OS? If not what would you recommend me to use to check this drive?

    edit: oh and how about screen brightness control? I just did a quick search, getting mixed results...
     
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    Yep, there's an app called "disk". Not sure about brightness, should be under display or something, but your keyboard should be able to control it. Works fine on my Asus EeePC 1000h. Are you using the FN key?
     
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    actually I installed it on a HP 550.. cbf doing it on the netbook last night. Function keys dont work.
     
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    I'd put Ubuntu Gnome on your 550 to be honest, it's got enough power on it and I think it's better at supporting newer hardware. There's a little bit of polishing I want to do to my build but my last build is pretty good so I'll upload that. Same procedure except the text editor on Ubuntu is gedit and not leafpad.
     
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    Good point.. yeah its the dual core model with 2gb RAM instead of the celeron M. I was looking at the different distro's and noticed Mint. I'll probably try Ubuntu and Mint on my 550 and 6730s (HD3430m GPU).
     
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    I installed this custom Lubuntu on my EeePC netbook a few days ago. Its been running great, except that its a bit sluggish and slow. I think its just me being used to SSDs... however one problem is that my wifi keeps disconnecting by itself and a window pops up asking for the password. Its so annoying and giving me shits.. any clues whats wrong?
     
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    Try disabling IPV6 on your Wi-Fi connection. It's been solid for me. It doesn't matter what OS you try, a netbook is never going to rival a modern desktop or laptop with an SSD. I find my EeePC tollerable but not great.

    Also keep an eye on your RAM usage, chrome is a bit RAM hungry at the moment
     
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    I'm unsure whether I need to dob you in for thought crime or recommend your post to the OCAU admins as a FP newsworthy item :/

    ;)
     
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    :lol:

    On that note I still have a bit of work to do, will hope to finish everything up this weekend :thumbup:

    Edit: Still ironing out a bug in Ubuntu 64bit. My setup totally borked itself, drops to terminal on boot. Will have to play around and make sure this doesn't happen to others.
     
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    Thanks for sharing Smoking_Whale, appreciated :thumbup:
    Will give this a go on some older netbook/laptops for my parents etc.
     
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    Hey smokin any updates on the Ubuntu Gnome 32bit?
     
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    Download there if you missed it. This last week and a bit has thrown some curveballs (needing to recruit new talent + a death in the family) which means that I've had 0 time to sit down and get it polished.
     
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    Update, been away for a month, busy with projects, etc. However I will have some time this weekend to finish off these. :thumbup:

    Edit: Nope
     
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