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Bits from the Debian Eee PC team, summer 2008

As always, we're doing lots of interesting and significant things and have more good ideas than we have people to do the work. If you have an Eee PC or are planning to get one, or are otherwise interested in our work, some of which has uses beyond just the Eee, here are some highlights.
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[1]Bits from the Debian Eee PC team, summer 2008

As always, we're doing lots of interesting and significant things and
have more good ideas than we have people to do the work. If you have
an Eee PC or are planning to get one, or are otherwise interested in
our work, some of which has uses beyond just the Eee, here are some
highlights:

Earliest Eee models fully supported in Lenny

Lenny will release with the atl2 ethernet driver and the non-free
madwifi-source now works with the earliest Eee models as well, so our
patched version is no longer needed. This means Lenny will work with
all of the earliest models of the Eee PC: 701 (2G and 4G surf, 4G,
8G) and 900!

Free drivers

Nick Kossifidis has [2]submitted patches on linux-wireless supporting
the Eee models currently supported only by the non-free madwifi in
ath5k. This means we'll soon realize our goal of a completely
[3]DFSG free system for the earliest models of the Eee. By 2.6.27,
or at the latest 2.6.28, these models will be supported. Then we
will see about making a patch to support whichever kernel makes it
into Lenny.

New models

Model 901, 1000 and 1000H users are now able to install using the
atl1e ethernet driver from eeepc.debian.net. Support for wireless
and other aspects of the new hardware will follow soon. The
debian-kernel team was prompt to add atl1e to 2.6.26 which has just
been uploaded to sid. We hope 2.6.26 makes it into Lenny.

Wireless installer

Glenn Saberton has been doing an upstanding job adding wireless
support to our custom Debian-installer. We have supported WEP
authentication for several releases, now, and a beta version supports
WPA. Glenn is also making progress with these patches upstream so
that non-Eee Debian users will benefit from our work.

LXDE is in Lenny

[4]LXDE has entered Lenny, thanks to Andrew Lee. It is a quite
lightweight desktop environment that is made with the Eee PC in mind.

Live images

Two flavours of [5]Debian-live USB images are available: a demo of
the LXDE desktop and a minimal console-only image for rescue/backup.
The images are still in alpha stage of development. If you'd like to
help, give us a shout.

More interesting things are planned for the future that benefit
Debian as a whole. With a small amount of work patching live-helper,
anyone will be able to make a live image that includes a customized
Debian-installer.

Mobile device initiative

This month on debian-devel, there was some [6]interesting discussion
about Debian support for the Intel Atom processor and a possible
mobile net device initiative. That's something we could get behind,
if anything comes of it.

Wiki translation

Robert Epprecht has been keeping the [7]German wiki translation in
good shape, but we could always use some more help with any of the
translations.

New members welcome

If you'd like to join us, check out our site at
[8]http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC and drop us a note on our list
or join our irc channel and talk to us about what you'd like to do.

1. http://syn.theti.ca/2008/08/02/bits-from-the-debian-eee-pc-team-summer-2008
2. https://lists.ath5k.org/pipermail/ath5k-devel/2008-July/001156.html
3. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/FreeYourEee
4. http://lxde.org/
5. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/Live
6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00722.html
7. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePCGerman
8. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC

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