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Some people have shown an interest in following the last steps of the development of Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1. (I hope) this is just hours before the release.

Why isn’t it done yet? My development machine is a Apple Macbook Pro running windows. I thought running Ubuntu (for Ubuntu Eee development) in VMware would work flawlessly, but I was wrong. Now I’m ready for the last build (I have done quite a lot of Ubuntu Eee builds for myself to get it just right) with a fresh Ubuntu installation.

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Been working for 9 hours straight. I’m done for today. I’ve completed a lot of what I had in mind so I should be able to complete Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 on Sunday. Thanks everyone for following, thanks for your supportive comments and thanks for you feedback!


2 hours since last update – sorry about that! For the last half hour I’ve been disconnected because of my crappy internet provicer. Here’s a screenshot just to get you all fired up:

That’s soon to be Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 with Flash 10 with webcam support on pages like Facebook, Netbook remix, awesome kernel by Adam and so on

Now I have to fix the panels. There should only be one, and it should be on the top. Next I will try to add stuff to the favorites menu. Or just have the installer autostart..


We’re on! Apparently adding all_generic_ide to the boot line fixes the problem because of some bug. The customization continues!


The only place where I don’t follow the tutorial for changing kernel correctly is where I’m support to do:

mv edit/initrd.gz extract-cd/casper/

But I don’t have the rights to do that

mv: try to overwrite `extract-cd/casper/initrd.gz’, overriding mode 0644 (rw-r–r–)? y
mv: cannot move `edit/initrd.gz’ to `extract-cd/casper/initrd.gz’: Permission denied

So I sudo it. Maybe that’s the problem?


I’m back home and have taken out the garbage. My girlfriend has made me some coffee. I hope I get in contact with Adam soon. He’s the one with the brains in this project. I’m just the one stuffing it together and taking the credit.


Please take a look on this screenshot. This is what happens when starting the regular Ubuntu 8.04 ISO.

19 seconds in an error occurs: end_request: I/O…
When using Adam’s kernel, this error is printed about 20 times, the boot stops and BusyBox appears.
I’ve googled around and found that the two essential kernel modules for booting a livecd is squashfs and unionfs.
I can’t help noticing that what should come after the end_request error is Registering unionfs 1.4

I think (hope) maybe this is the problem.. So – what to do…


Now at the library (so you won’t find me now, Pete!). I will now customize the regular Ubuntu iso, but don’t do any changes and see if it runs in QEMU and VirtualBox. This is to see if the problem is with the applications or with me.


I’m now trying to use QEMU instead of VirtualBox to test the ISOs. I still end up with BusyBox, but I get different error messages. Weird… They’re closing here, so I have to move. I’ll be right back ;)


Never any help to get on #ubuntu. Got myself a coffee. Now looking into using the old kernel which worked and see if it’s possible to just upgrade to the new one.


Trying to get help on IRC. Probably without luck..


Squashfs and unionfs are the relevant modules. Just checked if they’re there in the new kernel, and they are. The troubleshooting continues… When I’ve got this working the rest of the of the customization should be applied pretty swiftly. I’ve got them ready to go :)


Hungry. Eating a salad


Changed to newest update on the top – guess that’s more logical. Apparently castper.log is suppost to tell me what’s wrong. Let’s take a look

/init: /init: 1: cannot open /dev/fd0: No such file

That didn’t really help me. Let’s see if google can help me


Not working – frustrated out of my mind!


Now trying again with the kernels changed (from regular to Adam’s).


Extracting a fresh version of the iso to start over. I was afraid a needed a new installation as well for a second there. Typed a command that deletes everything and wasn’t sure I did it in the correct directory. I typed this to remove the broken build:

sudo rm -R *

sudo means: do stuff your normal user normally can’t do

rm means: remove

-R means: continue reacuravly through the directories. Don’t stop

* means: everything


Ran into the regular problem: getting the livecd to use Adam’s kernel. When I boot it, I just get BusyBox initramfs. One more try. I think the problem is that I removed the regular kernel before installing Adam’s.


I’m at one of the computer rooms at Blindern, the University of Oslo. First job is removing the regular kernel and getting Adam’s kernel in.

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80 Responses to “Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 release – live – hour by hour – Day 1”

  1. Gonzalo August 23, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks for all your hard work, i cant wait for the new release. cheers from Argentina!!

  2. Keith August 23, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    What a great idea to do an hour by hour update. Appreciate the Olympian effort and your going for Gold!

  3. mico August 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Can I just do an upgrade from Ubuntu Eee 8.04 to 8.04.1 or I will need to do a total reinstallation? Keep up the good works!

  4. Will August 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    Mico, it needs to be a total reinstallation I’m afraid.

  5. BenJanoff August 23, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    Nice work, glad the builds are finally booting.

    Are you including all the hacks mentioned on Array.org or will that have to be done by the user?

  6. Jon Ramvi August 23, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    BenJanoff, Ferry Hendrikx have taken the time to make a script that fixes everything. So you can just sit back, boot up Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 and start surfing :)

    D-Locked, 915resolution is something we’ve added because it’s needed by some Eees. It’s only half a mb. I’ll look into removing xorg drivers. Thanks!

    Will, yes, I really believe I can have it released on Sunday :)

    Midnite Mac, there is an IRC client in Ubuntu Eee: Pidgin. My girlfriend said: don’t mention it :)

  7. octathlon August 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    How ironic that it’s impossible to read your blog on my Eee PC. The left side is totally cut off, only about the right 2/3 of the text is visible. Can’t scroll to the left to get it. Yet when I scroll to the right there is a blank margin.

    I got here from tuxmachines.org. I’m using an Eee with the default Xandros, thinking of installing Ubuntu, so you can see why I might like to be able to read your blog. Hope you will fix the page layout.

  8. Jon Ramvi August 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    octathlon, yeah, I know. Sorry about that. Maybe ctrl + minus helps? http://www.ubuntu-eee.com is the Ubuntu Eee homepage this is just my blog :)

  9. Xenon August 23, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Tomorrow, most of EEE users will have a new, easy to use and powerful OS. Since June I’ve used only the included but not well maintained Xandros (and no user friendly to update or install new apps). Hope I will not miss the Xandros panel functionalities, one thing I like because even my non-computer-friendly friends can use the EEE. First thing I’ll do also, is to install Schism Tracker to make my EEE my main tracker-composition computer :) (Let’s compose everywhere) :D.

    Finally, I have a question: new Ubuntu Remix-Edition panel has been translated or it’s only in English?


  10. Javier August 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Hey Jon, will the kernel be updated once Adam’s repo throws a new one or it is going to be locked ?

    If locked, will there be a way to unlock ?

    Thanks mate

  11. Gonzalo August 23, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    Here again, checking in every couple of hours, too anxious to install the new release. You must be working like crazy, so I just wanted to thank u again for your work. You gave my 701 a whole new life.

  12. henrik hjelm August 23, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    no news today :( ?

  13. Midnite Mac August 24, 2008 at 4:28 am #

    Here again, waiting for production to continue for a GOLDen triumph!

  14. Nalle Berg August 24, 2008 at 7:11 am #

    Oh yeah! Today I’ll sit here and reload this page.

    Something is bound to happen today. If Jon can manage to, 8.04.1 will go gold today according to himself.

    I am impressed that Jon would bother keeping us «impatient waiters» updated this way. It’s absolutly above and beyond all expectations.


  15. Jon August 24, 2008 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks for your awesome work and dedication to this project, I cannot wait to see the results!

  16. Jezza August 24, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    Thanks Jon. I was about to send my eee back to amazon because the xandros OS is so rubbish. Then i discovered Ubuntu and now my eee works like a proper little notebook. Can’t wait for the updates. Keep up the good work, you are a star!!!

  17. Deco August 24, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    Goodmorning sir,
    this is your wakeup call!
    it’s now sunday and you got a busy day ahead, so you better get out of bed and start being productive :)

  18. henrik August 24, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    we are like children at xmes.
    :) when are we going to get this great linux :)

    l hope we get it today.
    we have bin nice and sweet all year :)

    tanx 4 a good linux to my eee

  19. Marcel August 24, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    What do I see is that Ubuntu EEE mmmmm nevermind he is not yet here so let’s take a beer and wait………

  20. Jon Ramvi August 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Xenon, it’s mainly available in English. I took a look here: https://translations.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-launcher/trunk/+pots/ume-launcher
    It’s translated into 9 languages.

    Javier, Adam’s repository is included, so when he releases an update it will be available to you.

  21. Jon Ramvi August 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    Xeon, here’s how you translate it into your language:

  22. Tony Gray September 12, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    Great! Ubuntu Eee loaded and runs fine – thanks. However just TWO little niggles:

    1. I STILL can’t get the wireless LAN to work with this (or any other) Ubuntu on my Eee 701 PC 4G. It finds all the local wireless networks OK, but when I select mine and input the (correct) WEP 128-bit passphrase in the Wireless Security window it just refuses to connect. Wired Ethernet works fine.

    2. The onboard camera doesn’t work.

    Otherwise thanks for an excellent distro. Would just be great to fix the above niggles.

    BR, TG

  23. Jon Ramvi September 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm #

    Tony Gray, when connecting to a WEP access point you will have to select what kind of passphrase it is. From the drop down you can select ASCII or HEX. That should get you going :)

  24. funkbag October 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi, i installed your Distribution on an AcerAspireOne, it works, just one thing, i dont have a networkconnection, what can i do?

  25. Jon Ramvi October 22, 2008 at 10:56 am #

    funkbag, please report a bug (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-eee/+filebug) and assign adam.mcdaniel to it

  26. AbigFan October 27, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    You’re awesome dude. You guys are awesome. I hope it works out.

    I’ve already tweaked Hardy Heron to work well with EEE but i’m gonna scrub that install to give yours a shot. I’ll let ya know how it goes :-)

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