easypeasy one-point-five (or as I would say it: en-komma-fem) is finished, and it finished up real good. We’ve taken our time to iron out bugs and put in new features to again give the netbook community a great linux distribution.

You can download easypeasy 1.5 over at www.geteasypeasy.com

easypeasy 1.5 screenshot

New in easypeasy 1.5

  • New visual look by Lasse Sætre and Mark Basset
  • Awesome Linux kernel (2.6.30) optimized for netbooks with faster startup built by Martin Bammer
  • Support for more netbooks
  • Hybrid image (both .img and .iso at the same time) by Phil Howard
    • This makes it possible to move the image to the usb stick with unetbootin or dd etc. Which means it’s now possible to intall from a Mac
  • Many bug fixes [1]
  • Upgraded software (Picasa, OpenOffice 3.1 etc.)
  • Built off Ubuntu 9.04
  • Smaller harddrive footprint
  • Uses the new ext4 filesystem as default
  • UXA by default
    • The first distro to deliver real composite desktop which means it’s possible to run 3D in 3D (ie. the netbook interface and desktop effects)
  • Banshee as default music player instead of Songbird
  • Lots of clever solutions when it comes to upgrades through repositories
    • Ubuntu security upgrades are available to easypeasy users as fast as they’re released, while easypeasy isn’t overwritten by Ubuntu
  • So, what are your first impressions?

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    45 Responses to “easypeasy en-komma-fem: Get it while it's hot!”

    1. George Murch Jr. September 8, 2009 at 2:04 am #

      Will it work on an ASUS 900 with Intel chip ? Not ATOM . Intel . And will the card reader be recognized ? Because Ubuntu won’t recognize it . By the way the website is my You Tube page ! Thanx in advance ^_-

    2. Jon Ramvi September 8, 2009 at 2:15 am #

      George Murch Jr., yes the ASUS 900 is supported including the card reader :)

    3. Darek September 8, 2009 at 5:44 am #

      thank you Jon have done excellent work, I greet you ;)

    4. Andrew Weber September 8, 2009 at 7:57 am #

      Amazingly fresh! Writing review in 3,2,1, now.

    5. Clayton W September 8, 2009 at 8:04 am #

      what are some of the latest/newest netbooks that easypeasy will run on best?
      thanks for the hard work on this distro!

    6. Simon September 8, 2009 at 9:44 am #

      This looks like an interesting project but I’m little confused over the terminology. What is a netbook? (As opposed to a laptop?). Just smaller?

      I have a Lenovo laptop with LinuxMint on it at the mo but itr has issues with skype and kompozer.

      I’ll give easypeasy a try.

    7. Kristian September 9, 2009 at 1:49 am #

      Great distro, allthough I caught a few speedbumps: Updates are unavailable on norwegian ubuntu repo and ubuntu-x ppa due to fault with key (tried to update key to no avail) And kernel source package can not be installed, (no candidate)

    8. Jon Wright September 9, 2009 at 6:02 am #

      Note the download link is bad. Where do I find the md5? It seems like Distrowatch couldn’t find either as it’s not in their announcement.

    9. Harry Barracuda September 9, 2009 at 6:36 am #

      What is the major difference between this and Ubuntu Netbook Remix? They both look so similar.

      And with the Jaunty Netbook Remix only a few weeks away, is there any compelling reason to use this instead?

    10. PJ September 12, 2009 at 4:03 am #

      Just use it and need linux-source- to make some drivers. Please release the kernel source file. It is a great distro. Good job!

    11. Jon Ramvi September 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

      Thanks for all the kind words and all the interest

      PJ, It’s probably the headers you need to create drivers. sudo apt-get install linux-headers- Please get back to me if I’m wrong

      Harry Barracuda, UNR is just Ubuntu with the netbook interface. This distro is tweaked for speed and better hardware support on your netbook.

      Jon Wright, here’s the md5sum: http://wiki.geteasypeasy.com/Easypeasy_1.5

      Clayton W, runs great on my new Asus Eee 1008ha

    12. SpawNerGR September 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm #


      You’re a pioneer in the netbook distro community.

      Please keep up the good work, despite any problems you might find from time-to-time.


    13. PJ September 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks for your suggestion. I’d succeed to compile the driver by using the official kernel. It requires modpost.o so header files can not work properly. Anyway, I would upload my driver somewhere. It’s a touch screen device from EETI:)

      BTW, I noticed there is a minor bug which might cause eeepc(90x,100x) no sound on both EP1.5 and jaunty.

      see the discussion:


      I can’t find the solution for pulseaudio, so I turned to ALSA and modified /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf. It solved the problem temporarily.

      Hope it will be fixed someday:D

    14. Mikael September 15, 2009 at 11:42 am #

      Do you think 1.5 will resolve “poor wifi connection” -problems related to Ubuntu 8.10/9.04 on EeePC 701 (since some posted fixes suggest that kernel 2.6.30 works fine)? Or do I still have to look for the most suitable wifi-drivers “manually” (some people even suggest only “outdated” madwifi one’s work)? Getting a bit tired… :-)

    15. bro September 22, 2009 at 6:04 am #

      hmm – is it possible to upgrade an existing easypeasy 1.x installation to 1.5?

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    16. Ian September 24, 2009 at 1:42 am #

      Just installed easypeasy 1.5 onto my 4g eeepc, and everything works first time, great.

      But, when I looked at the live usb I created first and in the Synaptic package manager, there was an section for Amateur Radio, this is not in the installed system. Any was I can add it?

    17. Joe October 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

      Unfortunately, EP 1.5 is a step backwards.
      While the new features are nice, they break essential things like suspend and hibernate.
      For example, on my EeePC 900, I have to disable graphics acceleration (UXA) to be able to hibernate.
      Another issue (although that was broken in EP 1.1 already, and is originally an Ubuntu problem) is the use of compcache. That interferes with hibernation as well.

    18. Zoasterboy October 23, 2009 at 4:57 am #

      I’ve been using Easy Peasy since it’s start, and each new release leaves me even more impressed! 1.5 is running far faster than any previous version, even with Compiz running out of the box.

      Now I can use the Compiz zoom feature to zoom in on this tiny text :)

      Using my EeePC 900 right now as a backup, my regular laptop’s hard drive has failed me. Go solid state!

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