This is one of a regular series of posts on netbook experience updates. Look for the category This week in netbooks and subscribe to the series.

That isn’t totally true: This is the first post, in a soon to be, series of posts on netbook experience. A couple of our users have suggested that write updates on a regular basis, which is a great idea.

Testing Unity

Unity is an application developed by Canonical for netbooks. Today it’s just the application, but it looks as they will release it as it’s own version in addition to Ubuntu Netbook. As we’re all in the business of open source, we’ve been testing it for some time now as a potential idea for EasyPeasy.

Searching has been made easily available on the top left. This is a nice feature. I’m not sure about the taskbar on the left hand side though. Geeks, including myself, have been moving the taskbar to the left  for years as it’s the logical place for it: you navigate web sites vertically so vertically is where you need space. No operating system has this as default though and there’s good reasons for it. One being that it’s not usual, meaning it’s not intuitive. The other one being that it’s ugly.

All in all it’s an exiting project which I’m looking forward to see grow. If you’ve tried it, what are your thoughts?

Release schedule for EasyPeasy 1.7

The release schedule for EasyPeasy 1.7 is now available on our wiki. We plan on swaping 1.6 out with 1.7 on November 4th this year. The first version will be available already in about 2 weeks.

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15 Responses to “This week in netbooks”

  1. jhoule May 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    Unity reminds me of tapping around on my Nokia N800 (when I had one.) Maemo (the OS on the Nokia Internet Tablets) has been putting the taskbar on the left for years, for the same reason you mentioned here: with small screens (and a “widescreen” format being today’s standard), it makes sense to not put the taskbar where it causes more scrolling.

  2. Semetric May 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Great news, looking forward to follow news and the state of netbook operating systems. Will 1.7 be based on Unity?

    • ramvi May 28, 2010 at 10:55 am #

      We’re will certainly consider it, with it’s plans about being lightweight and boot in 9 seconds. But Unity is far from done, so it’s too early to decide if it’s the right move for EasyPeasy.

  3. Mel May 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Nope don’t like it. I do like the interface that was added with the new version over the old interface, but this thing is ugly.

  4. Rob August 13, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    I also don’t like it. Screen real estate on netbooks is pretty slim as it is. To lose a large chunk of it to the sidebar is a real waste of space, especially since there is still the top panel.
    The current edition UNE interface works really well for me…

  5. dhouse August 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    do you know the android-ui?
    3 screens able to scroll,a drawer button where the main menu apears (fullscreen),and widgets…clock,powersave bar,music-control-widget,cpu temp info and so on…
    and what about lil buttons in the statusbar..3g on/off,wlan on/off,bluetooth on/of ,brightnesslevel, ?
    hmmm think it would be cool…an androidlikeeasypeasy, maybe special editon?
    and i think that it may be cool on a tab or pad ;)
    thanks a lot for your work
    sorry for bad english
    hope you understand me

  6. Raymond Mc Donagh July 15, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    I would like to know if easy peasy can be installed on netbooks other than Asus’s EEE range. and seeing as 1.7 is not available, what is next for easy peasy?
    A reply would be appreciated
    All the Best and Respectfully yours
    SE ( Solstice-Eireann)

  7. Peter August 15, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Great work. Thanks! I love Easy Peasy!

    Greetings from munich,
    Peter

  8. Gianluca February 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Hi,
    Yesterday I installed Easy Peasy.
    I’m very happy … :-)
    It seems to me beautiful, and above all fast.
    There are still some applications that I can not change the dimesnione windows, tonight we’ll work on it …
    Forgive me for my not perfect English …
    Gianluca

  9. Uwe March 17, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hi EasyPeasies,
    i tried the 1.6 Release on my Samsung N220 and it works really fast.
    A few problems I solved via some brilliant forums and the big community.
    Looking forward to the final 2.0 Release…..
    Uwe

  10. Adam Strange October 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Why are update server mirrors not availabe ? Cannot install updates…list shows 56 available but cannot get them from mirror sites . . .

    • mechanic October 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      How does the machine know the updates are available if the repo doesn’t exist?

  11. sleeper February 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Easypeasy seems abandoned. Better to try Linux Mint or Ubuntu.

  12. sleeper February 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Puppy Linux is good to try also.

  13. Jack December 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Too bad that it is now discontinued. :(
    it was so smooth, fast and looking beautiful…

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