We’re working on new ways of getting donations. The idea is to make SD memory cards with Ubuntu Eee logos and Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 preinstalled. You just stick it in your Eee and run Ubuntu Eee straight from there – without installing. You get more free space as you don’t need an OS on the hard drive / SDD and you’ve got yourself a nifty little Ubuntu Eee card.

How should we distribute this card?

Solution 1:
You get a card if you donate X (50$ ?) or more

Solution 2:
We sell the card for production price * 2. So that you donate the same amount that it costs. The price will then be about 100$ 50$.

Please comment with your ideas and thoughts. Remember to not think about how you can get the SD card as cheap as possible, but how Ubuntu Eee can get as much donations as possible ;)

Do you like this idea? Would you buy it? Do you have a better idea?

Update: Thanks for the comments, but I need even more feedback! I’m thinking about getting these.
Positive? Negative? Why? 18-20 MB/s read speed for 14$ – seems a little too good to be true?

I have to get them to Norway to install Ubuntu Eee on them before shipping. That means we have to pay Norwegian tax (anything with a value above 40$ being shipped into Norway). Is it possible to have Ubuntu Eee be installed somewhere else? Any other workaround?

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  1. Mika Sjoman June 28, 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    I want to buy it, plug it in, and then be happy with it. This is a great Idea, and I would definetly buy it.
    I (and most non technical people) hate installing things, so this option feels allot less intemidating then trying to install and remove the current operating system.

    I have a export trading company in china and sell SD cards to Europe and the US. If anyone can put orders to buy alot of them, we can get nice discount on them.

  2. Bruno June 29, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    Isn’t US$100 too much for third world countries?… it is almost half the price of the Eee PC itself… :(

    The idea seems good for improve donations with sales, but the price is not attractive…

  3. Jon Ramvi June 29, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks for you comments!

    We’re interested in discounts ;)

    Seems that you’re right! Sorry about that!
    A SD card is about 15 $ * 2 is 30$, but with shipping it’s probably 40-50$, not a hundred bucks.
    How do you feel about this price?

  4. Eberhard June 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    AFAIK hibernate does not work if running Ubuntu from SD (that is at least my experience) Also the installation on a SD does not work out of the box ( https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-eee/+bug/238780 ) . So there is more to do then just package and deploy.

  5. Jon Ramvi June 30, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    True true
    Will use a better, custom made kernel for the 8.04.1 release that will fix those problems :)

  6. Xenon June 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    So it’s not possible to install it on a SD card just now? I wanted to do it today…

  7. victoria June 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    I think its a great idea, since many asus users will be buying sd card anyways. What size are you thinking of using?

  8. Jon Ramvi June 30, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    Thanks again for your comments!

    Sure you can! Here’s a quick how to:
    1. Install Ubuntu Eee on the SD card
    2. Install the custom kernel (http://www.array.org/ubuntu/) on the SD card and make sure it’s the default kernel in /boot/grub/menu.lst
    3. In bios, set the sd card as default start up location

    Thinking about 4gb. Could probably fit it on a 2 gb card, but then there wouldn’t be any space for swap. With a 4gb card you’ll get swap and 1,5 gb more free space.

  9. brazz June 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    Its possible good idea, but -for me- when I install on a SD card, the boot take 3 or 4 minutes… when I install it on the internal SSD disk the boot take only 1 minute or less !
    But I think its a good idea because many people does not know how to install…
    very good job this distro!

  10. Xenon June 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm #

    Thanks very much Jon! :D I will try it tomorrow. I want to use the default Xandros on the 4GB and use another 4 GB SD for this great Ubuntu-eee ^^

  11. The Merovingian June 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    Yes, Yes Take My Money, I want One NOW!!! Please….

  12. Dberg July 1, 2008 at 12:11 am #

    I would pay a few bucks for just a sticker to put on my eee or on the sdhc I have in my eee that has the ubuntu-eee logo. (either a nice one fairly large (3X3?) to put on the front computer or a small one like the ones going on the sdhc)

  13. UnknownCity July 1, 2008 at 4:42 am #

    I would buy this for up to $50, just to save me from the hassle of trying to install it and make the card bootable.

  14. Nuno Bettencourt July 1, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    Hi, before jumping into those sd cards buy, I would recommend a quick look at the folowing url: http://reviews.ebay.com/FAKE-FAKE-FAKE-Kingston-4GB-50x-Elite-Pro-SD-cards_W0QQugidZ10000000002771721.

    Now compare the picture shown in your url with this one http://ak.buy.com/db_assets/prod_lrg_images/290/10393290.jpg and check the resemblances.

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it resembled a product i had seen/had.

  15. Nuno Bettencourt July 1, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    I’d rather pay for something like this: http://www.csv-direct.de/artinfo.php?artnr=A1710851&pva=geizkragen and it’s closer to Norway.

  16. Francesco Munafò July 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi. I think this is a great idea, but a bit risky on your side, for the same reason, I will explain.

    SDHC cards tend to be problematic on many Eees. Google around for “eee SDHC issues” or similar. It seems to depend on temperature, as they starts warming, some Eees start having problems writing (but also reading I am confident) to many SDHC card models.

    I have installed eeeXubuntu, full Gutsy, and full Hardy on my 3 types of SDHC cards (4, 8 and 16GB, classes from c2 to c6!) and had problems with ALL of them. The same cards run ubuntus smoothly if inserted into an external USB reader (and when the Eee is cold), just to clarify that it’s not installation or OS problems.

    That said, if you find a card that is tested to run smoothly on *all* the EeePcs, you’d do a double favour to all of us: 1st it is a SDHC tested to run smoothly, 2nd it has Ubuntu preinstalled. So double gain, double advantage. Id buy it instantly.

    But.. what if people start complaining that their smooth and cool “OsOnCard” starts freezing when the computer gets warm? Can you afford having thousands of people returning you “defective” cards (actually their computers are defective not the cards, but can you explain it)?

    So the idea is great, just be careful in choosing the type and have it tested around A LOT..

    If I were you, I’d go for option 2, that might let also users choose different formats like 4GB/8GB. They pay x2 and you ship the right one. Or you may start with one format and then, as the costs fall down, you migrate to a larger card. In the middle users may choose both. With option 1, one day there will be one last user that donates 50$ and gets a 4GB and the following user donating 50$ will get an 8GB.. someone might get angry. Or you may stick forever with 4GB but someday someone might start thinking that 50$ for a small card is too much.

    P.S. how will you handle shipping to .. hem.. for instance, let’s say Italy? You will ship to Italy, will you?


  17. Jon Ramvi July 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    Thanks for your comments and observations!!

    Happy to help! Have you donated the 50 bucks yet? <— semi-joke ;)

    Stickers – I hear you loud and clear! How about free sticker with your Ubuntu Eee SD card?

    @Francesco Munafò
    Great comment, thanks! Do you think it can be a problem connected with overclocking? Ubuntu Eee would have a hard time surviving a full callback / refund every card. That’s why I like the donate x and get a free card approach. Shipping is included in the price. Around the globe. Same price if you’re my neighbor and if you’re in Somalia. A padded envelope doesn’t cost too much

  18. james July 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    This is a great idea. I’d definitely buy one.

  19. Chris July 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    I Live in Denmark, i can mayby do something?

  20. Bruno July 2, 2008 at 6:40 am #


    I think $50 is a lot better. I dont believe everybody here in Brazil would buy it, but a lot may and will (myself included), but the points mentioned by Francesco are important, because not everyone will understand that donation plus gift is different from buying.


  21. Dayne July 19, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    The donation + gift seems the safest. The heating issue as stated would be a really big issue if people were to “buy” the cards, but if its a gift I think it would be a lot easier for you to explain that its an issue with the eee and not the card.

    The stickers is ALSO a brilliant idea. I LOVE stickers, and a little “Ubuntu EEE inside” sticker on my eee would look amazing.

    What about a 20$-49$ donation for a gift of a few stickers and a 50$+ for the gift card.

    I think you could get A lot of stickers pumped out for a good price, and people love stickers…. especially if they’re shiny.

  22. Ronald August 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm #

    I am a little bit lost with that idea. Currently I am not in the position to “donate”. I also read here, that it is not necessary to donate at all. I understand that the SD card cost something, but shipping, custom is a big concern too. I can buy the card here too. (Don’t miss understand me, I just cannot donate at this moment).

    Is it possible to make the card here? What is the trick to make the card?

    I am also confused about “internal/external” card reader. Does it mean the card reader on the EeePC 901 right side is an internal or external?
    Looking at the EeePC it is “internal”, considering that the SSD is in the box, than the right side is an external, …

  23. Thomas August 9, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    Hi. How is the r/w speed on the memory cards? Have you runned any tests (i.e benchmarks) to verify that the sd-card will perform at the same speed as the internal?

    Thank you for your great work!

  24. Jon Ramvi August 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm #

    Thomas, the cards are 19 mb/s read, 7 mb/s write. This isn’t close to the internal SSD. It has been reported, however, that running Ubuntu from a class 6 SD card works great. Our cards are class 6

  25. Nalle Berg August 11, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    I’d rather have my Ububtu-EEE installed on my internal card anyway, since I use SD cards a lot for other purposes.

    There should be a script that installs it or you could choose to run from SD – whatever you want.

    Other than that I think donating for gift is a good idea, but one should be able to choose only to donate and not get any SD card if one want that. I’d go for that option, since I download from the web anyway and all of my donation then would benefit Ubuntu-EEE.


  26. Jon Ramvi August 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    nalle, I agree. I will email everyone who have donated over $50 to validate their address and to give them the option to not recieve a card, so if you want to donate without getting a card – it’s no problem :)

  27. paul August 13, 2008 at 2:13 am #

    By today’s standards $50 for 4GB is way high. I hope you can use at least an 8gb card and preferably 16GB. I’d be pretty happy if you charged say $25 USD plus the retail price of the card. Right now an 8GB card is about $22 and a 16GB card is $45 at http://www.newegg.com. If you are importing the cards and then re-exporting them you should not have to pay import duties. This model is probably a good choice:


  28. Jon Ramvi August 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    paul, we have payed $20 for the 4gb class 6 cards. Stuff is kind of expensive in Norway, but it’s ranked the best country to live in :) Postage costs about $5. The whole idea is to sell it at the production price * 2 where the other half is a donation. But thanks for the concern and the newegg urls – I’ll look into it

  29. Christopher Welle August 19, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    Can’t wait to get my card. Keep us up to date. Thanks!

  30. Midnite Mac September 4, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    Dear Community,

    Let me know once this becomes available for purchase. I need to pay my dues for not providing coffee beans :)

    Many thanks… for the TEAM WORK!

  31. dtabone September 10, 2008 at 8:50 am #

    I am in. I love the idea and would be ready to purchase one provided 1. the heat of the eee does not affect the stability of the OS on an SD 2. the class is a c6 (for bootspeed) 3. the eee retains full functionality 4. the size is >4gb. Given all these please do contact me. Although I had no problems with my 901, what would also be nice is to have a finalised ISO of Ubuntu not requiring any kernel updates – specifically for eee pc’s – such that everything works, first off.

  32. McGivrer September 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Hey what a killer ubuntueee distrib ! That would be great. Only insert the SD card in my eeePC900 and get a ready to run Ubuntu eee solution with the Home dir in a saved mode ? You don’t speak about a live version, but a ready to work with one ?

  33. Joseph September 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    How about “Vulcan” as main OS name? VulcanOS, Vulcan.EEE, Vulcan.One (for acer) etc…

  34. Ben Silverstein September 24, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    I have installed Ubuntu eee on an 8GB SD card and it boots just fine. I’m new to Linux, which will be made obvious in a sec… When I boot now, I get the GRUB menu where I have to choose which OS to boot to (HDD or SD). The default is the SD. If I take the card out, the system gives me a 21 error, whatever that is. I had installed Mandriva on my Eee PC, but I was so thrilled to find a dedicated version of Ubuntu for it, I automatically sent you a $25 donation.

    Two things: 1)How do I fix the GRUB menu, or at least get it to default to the HDD, and 2)Can I get a couple of SD card stickers?

    Whatever the answers, thanks for your work.


  35. emilio October 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    ubuntu eee sirve para aspire one?

  36. Robert Avant October 26, 2008 at 10:47 am #


    Why do you not prepare an ISO file specifically for direct installation onto an SD card that is down loadable for a donation of say $30? You would be able to do this by only allowing access to the code via a key e-mailed to purchasers. This would enable the end user to choose the size of the SD card and avoid Norwegian taxes. I have considered purchasing a card on e-bay but one cannot guarantee the quality of the installation.

  37. Dennis October 28, 2008 at 2:10 am #


    I have a question. The changes i do when i have booted from the SD card are the still ther when i rebooted?

    Can i get a Guid on how to do my own ubuntu eee SD card?

  38. Dmitry October 31, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    I would really like to get a card with Ubuntu. Please find my $50 donation via PayPal on Oct 31. I can pay for shipping too.


  39. Dandapani November 23, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    I would pay $50 for a preinstalled version of the next ubuntu-eee coming in January.

  40. Elvis November 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    I think that a donation is a donation. If someone would like to have the SD must pay it.
    I don’t like the logic «Donate to receive a gift…»

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