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Installing Linux on an Intel Classmate pt.3

So far, if you’ve been following this series of posts, you’ve managed (hopefully) to setup your wireless card and make the touch screen work on your Intel Classmate. What else could I possibly have to say that would justify a third post?

The Aftermath.

In the last few days, I’ve been severely mistreated my Classmate, format upon format, installation upon installation, with half a dozen of different linux distros, to be able to put together the last two posts. In fact as you are reading these lines, Classmate’s HDD contains a fucked up installation of Windows 7, an equally fucked up installation of Mint and it’s waiting in the corner for yet another test. The question I expect from you at this point, is: “Was it worth it?

Success wise, not that much. I mean I made it work, yes, but not work good enough. While it works as a tablet, more than often the pointer gets lost and you end up tapping where you shouldn’t. At first I thought that this happened due to the fact that we’re talking about a low cost netbook. But when I installed on a whim, Windows 7 and (almost) everything was working as it should, I was left with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.

Sure I learned a lot,  during all this, sure I was more than happy that I managed to do all of what I did, but I would very much like to have an adequately rewarding result as well.

For the record, while Windows 7 starter was terribly slow as I already said, Windows 7 Ultimate was lightning fast and no, I have no explanation about this.

What I intend to do now, is set up a proper Windows 7 installation, and then start testing more Linux distros. Maybe I will give Debian a try, or Archlinux. You are probably going to hear about this again…

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5 Responses to “Installing Linux on an Intel Classmate pt.3”


  1. 1 ahel
    January 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    hi mate! i wanna thank you for your posts; they helped me when i installed ArchLinux on these Intel Classmates.
    if i can rechange your favor let me know.
    Ahel

  2. September 5, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I know its been awhile since you wrote this, so you might not need this information;
    Meego 1.2 now supports both the wireless and touchscreen out-of-box from SD card boot or install on the Classmate.
    https://meego.com/downloads
    (just installed it on mine prior to surrendering it to my daughter)


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