Customising the eeePC part 1

The first thing is to find the applications you need. Asus has made this relatively straightforward: it provides repositories of programs, applications, tools and code libraries (a bit like DLLs in Windows) that can be downloaded from the Internet. However, some of the applications you need may not be available in the repositories preconfigured on the eeePC so the first thing to do is to add more repositories.

Again, there is a wealth of information on the Web about how to add more code repositories to the eeePC, so I won’t repeat all the details but I’ll provide some pointers.

Before you begin you need to use CTRL-ALT-T to open up a Terminal window. Then type the following commands which allows you to edit the file /etc/apt/source.list using the Kate text editor:

sudo kate /etc/apt/source.list

open

and add repositories eg:

deb http://www.geekconnection.org/ xandros4 main

deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/eeepcrepos/ p701 main etch

deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ sid main

deb http://mcentral.de/empiatech p701 main

You then save and close the /etc/apt/source.list file.

It’s now possible to usethe apt-get command to install new porgrams.

Now I’m off to France with the eeePC. I’ll see how it works in the field.

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