Yes it’s goldget it here

Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 went gold on the 5th of September.
This news was only published on, not on this blog. This made several people confused about if the second release candidate was the same as the final release or …

Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 RC2 = Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 final release

However, there was a problem with the first thousand downloaded versions, where you couldn’t upgrade nor install software. Here’s the fix.

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39 Responses to “Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 – gold?”

  1. Asle Ommundsen September 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    I downloaded Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 yesterday, and the size of the ISO is 606 MB 606 MB (636 160 000 byte) — is this version affected with the problem, or is it the latest version including the fix?

    I just want to be 100% sure. Thank you!

  2. Jon Ramvi September 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    Asle Ommundsen, it’s the latest version including the fix :)

  3. Asle Ommundsen September 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    Thank you, Ramvi! Looking foroward to start using it! :-)

  4. Sonat September 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    It seems that the file on SourceForge is of size 623MB but the torrent version is smaller, namely 606MB. Why is there a difference? I can only use the direct download.

    By the way, thanks for your effort.

  5. Jon Ramvi September 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    Sonat , they’re exactly the same. I don’t know why the megabyte is different. Must be different ways for calculating (like when you view properties in Windows it says: Size and Size on disk)

  6. Helge Olsen September 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Why no upgrade path? I have installed and tweaked quite a few things on the system level after installing 8.04 and would like to keep them rather than have to redo them. Will there be an upgrade option or will I have to do my work twice?
    Thank you so much for your work, it has really made my eee usable :)

    Kind regards
    Helge Olsen

  7. Sonat September 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    I installed the final release. Nothing seems to work! Webcam, microphone, Internet connection… The sound recorder would not even start. Same problems after second download+installation. Am I doing something wrong?!
    (I am using an EEE 4G.)

  8. Andy September 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm #


    I have the exact same problems.

  9. Frank September 12, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    Downloaded from sourceforge.
    Used unetbootin to create a bootable USB stick.
    Booted form USB.
    Benn dropped to BusyBox kernel (initramfs). Stuck there.

    You described something similar here:

    Hardware: EEE 900A, right out of the box.

  10. Michael McConway September 12, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    I downloaded the latest torrent version last night on to my windows desktop (i’m new and am using my eeepc 900 to learn about Linux). When unziping the folder my version of Avast reported a Trojan Virus! Is this likely?

  11. Al September 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    Just loaded and ran on 901.

    – WIRELESS appears to WORK !?

    – Does the Documentation on page

    need to be updated ??

    – The Shutdown still does Not work, so maybe it would be good it the Doc was updated to more accurately reflect what DOES and what DOES NOT work ?

    – It looks WONDERFUL and runs quite well from cheap USB stick

  12. Breno Peck September 13, 2008 at 2:06 am #

    So, how good is the Gold release running? Did boot time improve? Does wi-fi work out-of-the-box? What about suspending? And mounting SD and USB after suspend? How about camera and microphone?

    If the only thing improved was Netbook Remix… well, I’ve already got it running under 8.04, so there would be no need to upgrade.

  13. Anonymous September 13, 2008 at 3:55 am #

    WIRELESS works out of the box

    Just confirmed it works on SECURED as well as OPEN Wifi

  14. Daniel September 13, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    Hi there,

    I installed it yesterday on my EeePC 4G and I admit that I am really amazed what you’ve done.

    Just some questions and I think some of them were already mentioned here:

    1. What about Webcam and Audio? The Microphone doesn’t work and the Webcam neither.
    Also, it resets the volume to full every restart what is not too usefull if the speaker blow everything away with the log-in screen sound… ;)

    2. Is it correct that the PPA from the netbook remix team is not included in the sources.list? There is another package archive which is not in the standard Ubuntu, is that yours to give us updates?

    3. Well, the Wiki… it seems to be a little bit old. For example the article to autoconfig the EeePC with script, I don’t know whether this is still for the 8.04.1 or not, I don’t want to destroy my system…
    I would love to help you by writing good articles, but I have no information about anything.

    4. Is there something like.. a forum, irc channel, mailing list or so to ask for help? I couldn’t find something yet (or I’m to stupid to find it).

    Thanks for your great work so far!


  15. Walter A. Lehmberg September 13, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    I installed a prior version of 8.04 and it works fine. Is there any reason I should upgrade to “Gold.” A list of advantages over the old install would be helpful so that people like me could make an informed decision.

  16. Jon Ramvi September 13, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Walter A. Lehmberg, please take a look at

  17. Jon Ramvi September 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    If you’re experiencing problems, please try asking over at

    Helge Olsen, I’m sorry, but there is no upgrade option as of yet. We will try to get one with the 8.10 release.

    Michael McConway, what?! No, that can’t be. Sucky virus applications..

    Al, 1. Great :) 2. Yup 3. Should be working.. Please report bug. 4. Thanks!

    Breno Peck, are your questions in comparison to 8.04 or 8.04.1 development snapshots. 8.04.1 boots faster than 8.04. Wifi works out of the box. Suspending works. Mounting SD after suspend should be working. Camera is working. Mic is working on some Eee versions. There’s a lot more under the hood than just netbook remix. Please take a look at

  18. nicola September 14, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    jon I read the whole website, but I didn’t understand if the latest linair (I hope) release support eeepc 904hd

    • Ece November 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      ipad2. Extremely friendly ui, tons of apps, and the persaule of working on an ipad cannot compare to the one when you work on an android tablet at least not yet. 2 more things i noticed on this video: -playback of the recorded video was crappy on eee pad. Not enough and not steady enough fps + not so good colours. -watching movies can be one reason why people buy tablets, but let’s be serious, beside that browsing, reading and even playing is much worse on a widescreen tablet.

  19. AL September 14, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    Quote “3. Well, the Wiki… it seems to be a little bit old. For example the article to autoconfig the EeePC with script, I don’t know whether this is still for the 8.04.1 or not, I don’t want to destroy my system…
    I would love to help you by writing good articles, but I have no information about anything.

    4. Is there something like.. a forum, irc channel, mailing list or so to ask for help? I couldn’t find something yet (or I’m to stupid to find it).

    Thanks for your great work so far”

    I HIGHLY CONCURR on ALL of his Points and hope John has a moment to read them

  20. Vexorian September 15, 2008 at 6:32 am #

    It is just IMPOSSIBLE to get ~five of the torrent’s chunks correctly. I download those last chunks, my transmission says everything is ok and download finished, but I get the md5 from the .iso and it is all different from the one in the wiki. I then ask transmission to verify the data, and it starts downloading the last chunks again. This just happened me over and over again. Very frustrating.

    And that’s enough to make unetbootin not work correctly and if you do the manual way, you’ll get filled by random errors.

  21. Mick McConway September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    God, Ubuntu-eee is good! With the RC2 installed my PC900 is transformed into a little gem. Many thanks to Jon & all involved in its development.
    Having just become a pensioner(!!!)I don’t have much spare, but when I get a few coins together I’ll be happy to make a donation. (I bet you hear that from all the old guys!!!)
    Be lucky

  22. Anonymous September 17, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    Hello guys. I just installed Gold 8.04.1. It looks pretty stable and I like it. But at now I have 1) no wifi 2) no webcam 3) neither switch screen working. Any idea?
    (downloaded from

  23. fromluxembourg September 17, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    — FOLLOWING TO Comment by Anonymous — September 17, 2008 @ 8:14 am —

    I got webcam working by enabling it from BIOS. WLAN was already enabled. So at now my WLAN card isnt recognised by ubuntu-eee-8.04.1. I have an ASUS 900 bought in Italy. Thanks for any help

  24. gavin September 17, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Hi I installed ubuntu eee 8.04.1 on my eee pc 701, everything works fine except for the microphone. It’s enables in the bios. this error comes up when I cick on sound recorder. Also the wifi led doesn’t turn off if I disable it. Could you help?

  25. Sean September 20, 2008 at 4:33 am #

    Great job on the design of this version of ubuntu. runs great on my 700 using the live cd, however I’m having trouble installing it on my 2g surf – install gives me a not enough disk space error about 3/4 of the way into the install – any suggestions?

  26. Breno Peck September 24, 2008 at 4:51 am #

    Jon, you were right, there’s more under the hood in 8.04.1 than NBR. I gathered a bit of courage yesterday and installed the new version. What a great surprise: wi-fi, shutdown, reduced boot time… it was all there! Great!

    There are still a few glitches that are annoying me, though. Fn + Volume keys don’t work (even though OSD appears). Fn + F2 doesn’t turn wi-fi antenna off. Ordinary solutions in don’t work (except for automounting the SD, that didn’t work out-of-the box). Also, mic doesn’t seem not to work either.

    Other than that, it does run better than original Ubuntu EEE, as you said back there. It actually seems more like an actual Ubuntu install: localisation is great (in 8.04 OpenOffice’s interface didn’t automatically went to Brazilian Portuguese, and dictionaries had to be manually installed), boot time is decent (45s sharp here), etc.

    By the way, you should take a look at Those guys point out to a repository carrying the brand-new Ubuntu network tool, which has support for GSM (GPRS and 3G) internet connection. I tested it in 8.04 and it worked smoothly, although it doesn’t anymore in 8.04.1 (but I can’t blame Ubuntu EEE yet, my cell phone operator is moody).

    Cheers from Belém, Brazil, in the mouth of the Amazon! Keep up the great job!

  27. Homitsu September 26, 2008 at 11:12 pm #

    GREAT!!! Thanks for your work, from Italy!

  28. Nayan September 28, 2008 at 3:13 am #

    Hi Jon,
    I have problem with cutting page as you can see in this screenshot I cannot see whole page on left side. It not only happen on your web but also on some other web.

    I am using ubuntu eee on my eeepc 701 4G

  29. Roberta October 3, 2008 at 12:09 am #

    Hi! I have an Asus EEE PC 900 and I installed Ubuntu EEE on it. Actually I have a problem, my webcam doesn’t work properly. Each time I try to use it with my contacts, it causes crashes on other people’s MSN. It does not work neither with aMsn or with Skype. Do You know what should I do? Thanks

  30. Huan Mo October 7, 2008 at 3:00 am #

    Hi, The eee-ubuntu is awesome, but I cannot figure out how to play *.mkv videos. Can you help me for that problem? Thank you!

  31. Polter October 12, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    For me a huge problem! At attempt to install ubuntu on mine asus eee 900, have clear bysybox (no errors). I use installation with flash disk drive, all has carried out according to the instruction!

  32. polter October 12, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    (if doit on VMWare) busybox too…
    md5 OK!

  33. Paul Young November 3, 2008 at 2:49 pm #

    Having tried a number of other, eee customised distros, this looks the most promising yet. Would be nice to get some of the wrinkles ironed out, such as volume control working from keys,and minmising ssd writes as part of install. Can’t wait for next release!

  34. Nayan November 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Jon
    thank for visiting my blog.
    I was using ubuntu eee version on my eeepc.
    I don’t have eeepc anymore but still using ubuntu on my desktop.

  35. Omar November 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    I am trying to get a new portable and the EEE PC is a very good portable and I like ubuntu. I will use the portable to programing stuff (php, XAMP, etc). Is ubuntu eee suporting that?
    Is EEE PC suporting ubuntu distribution (no ubuntu eee)?

  36. Devlin November 21, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    All it is, is Ubuntu Netbook Remix with different theme’s.

  37. Jon Ramvi December 1, 2008 at 12:52 am #

    Daniel & AL, thanks for wanting to help out! Make a post on the forum saying you want to contribute to the wiki, and I’ll get in touch with you :) There’s a forum and other ways of getting help, please take a look here:

    Mick McConway, Thanks for you donation :D You can follow your money here:


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