From: Moshe on
On Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:27:19 +0000, 7 wrote:

> Mocassin joe wrote:
>> Ipad: Hi, I'm an iPad and I am a revolutionary and magical device.
>> Netbook: I'm a netbook and I can do everything you can do and more, and
>> I can do it, better, faster and cheaper.
> Search for fully translucent 3D compiz desktop.
> Free to install on netbooks too!
> Here is how to make fully translucent 3D desktop on a Linux netbook:
> Using extlinux to convert a liveCD iso to bootable SD card
> -------------------------------------------------------------
> Converting an ISO file to a bootable USB stick or a bootable
> SD Card for EEE is easy.
> Without being able to convert a distro into a bootable USB flash /SD Card,
> that distro can't be easily loaded into netbook like EEE
> and stand to miss out on users installing it into netbooks.
> So I would recommend all distro mainters look at their netbook
> boot strategy and offer something to boot their distros
> from USB flash and SD cards or miss out on users installing it into
> netbooks.
> Having done a few conversions, a pattern emerges that works well for
> most syslinux / isolinux / extlinux based distros.
> 1. Put your SD card or USB flash drive into your desktop Linux PC and
> then open a console and type dmesg
> You should see some line indicating your flash drive as
> being picked up and allocated with a comment like sdc / sdc1 etc..
> Remember both names - the first is /dev/sdc which is your
> device name, and the second is /dev/sdc1 which is your partition name.
> (Don't get confused between drive /dev/sdc and partition /dev/sdc1
> or your drive could become scrambled eggs later on. Also remember
> it may be called sdg or sdh etc depending what you see when you
> plug in device and type dmesg)
> 2. Install gparted on your machine using synaptic.
> To run it you can type
> sudo gparted
> in a console window and select on the right side the drive name allocated
> in step 1. Right click on the bar that represents the partition
> and click on manage flags.
> Enable the boot flag and click OK. This makes the SD Card / USB
> stick bootable.
> 3. Format the partition /dev/sdc1 to ext2 linux format.
> This format is not directly readable under WINDUMMY Osen, but there
> are free drivers for it - try for example
> The ext2 format is many times faster than windummy FAT so
> ditching WINDUMMY file formats is advised.
> 4. Identify that you have syslinux or isolinux in your liveCD by
> opening the .ISO file in archive manager and checking that it has
> isolinux or syslinux directory somewhere in the liveCD.
> In ubuntu, the root directory of /dev/sdc1 will not be writeable
> unless you are in super user mode.
> You can run
> sudo file-roller
> to open iso files like xubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso in super user
> mode and extract all the files in the iso file
> to the /dev/sdc1 partition.
> 5. Go to the flash drive and locate the syslinux (or isolinux) directory.
> rename it to extlinux. Inside the now renamed extlinux directory will
> a file such as syslinux.cfg or isolinux.cfg. Rename that to
> extlinux.conf
> 6. Get syslinux - this is a boot loader and menu system for FAT based
> file systems. Download the latest version from here...
> Unzip it and go to the extlinux directory.
> On my machine path is something like this....../syslinux/extlinux
> Run the program there by typing this - (note this command is updating
> the partition /dev/sdc1)
> ./extlinux --install /dev/sdc1/extlinux
> This puts a new file into your SD card / USB flash disk
> 7. from the extlinux directory change to the mbr directory
> cd ../mbr
> and then run this - again note this time its updating the device by
> writing data to the first sector as opposed to the first partition.
> sudo cat mbr.bin > /dev/sdc
> (Note at this stage you may need to do some of the sudo commands after
> entering super user mode to make it work properly.
> So the above command would have been done as follows in Ubuntu.
> sudo -s
> cat mbr.bin > /dev/sdc
> )
> This makes the card bootable and useable in an Asus EEE and many other
> PCs with SD card or USB flash disk boot facility.
> After booting, you can install Linux on to local disk or an external
> pocket drive. The pocket drive can be 7200 RPM giving you near desktop
> speed.
> This method tested and works for
> 1. Ubuntu
> 2. Slax
> 3. Knoppix
> 4. Puppy
> 5. DSL
> 6. GParted
> 7. gOS
> 8. Dynabolic
> 9. MoonOS Kachana
> 10. Xubuntu
> 11. TinyOS (incredible distro!)
> (Note the method does not work for .ISO files built with grub bootloader -
> need a different install method with grub boot loader instead of syslinux.)
> Try installing something powerful like Ubuntu on to a netbook
> and see it take netbooks to new heights.
> 3D Translucent Cube Desktop
> ---------------------------
> The latest EEE1000 has fast enough graphics for translucent
> 3D desktops. An easy way to do all this with Ubuntu is:
> Install Ubuntu on EEE (compiz itself
> appears to be installed by default in the default install),
> then install compiz settings manager using Synaptic
> which allows compiz to be fully 'exercised'.
> And then do the following to get the 3D cube desktop
> working...
> Go to General > Display Settings > Lighting and turned it off
> Enable Desktop Cube and then Desktop Cube > Transparent Cube and set the
> two opacity settings to 30%
> then Desktop Cube > Skydome and check the skydome check mark
> Enable Rotate Cube
> Enable Enhanced Zoom Desktop
> Right click the virtual workspaces panel and increase the number
> of colums to 16.
> And hey presto - 100% 3D translucent desktop with 16 screens!!!!!!!!!!
> [Some shortcuts for the 3D screen
> ctrl + alt + left or right arrow to spin cube
> ctrl + alt + down arrow and then left or right arrow for a ring switcher
> super + E for yet another switcher
> super + mouse wheel scroll to zoom in and out of the 3D desktop.
> ]
> You can run many applications simultaneously on netbook like a
> real Linux desktop. You can open many browser tabs, run Open Office, video,
> and developer stuff like MySQL server, Apache, PHP, Gambas, sqlite3
> ALL SIMULTANEOUSLY while on a train for example, and rotate the
> cube to switch between tasks instantly. Gone are the days when netbooks
> were mis-represented as toys. They are fully functional Linux
> Desktops on the move. Try it! It works!
> Reducing Font Sizes And Turning ON Sub Pixel Rendering
> ------------------------------------------------------
> The EEE can be astonishingly good to look at once the
> font size is reduced to about 8 and sub pixel rendering
> is turned ON. It is still absolutely
> readable and everything appeared like a 'full screen' miniature
> desktop equivalent of a big desktop PC.
> System > Appearance > Fonts get to the font settings
> in Ubuntu. On software like firefox and some other applications,
> need to also to set local use of fonts ( Edit > Preferences > Content
> will have font settings for firefox that also need to be changed).
> VirtualBox
> ----------
> Yes! VirtualBox can run on Ubutu set up with 3D translucent desktop.
> Install virtual box and then install programs like windopws XP and run
> it pretty much at it would run on a normal netbook. Its hard to tell
> if the netbook is running Linux or the WINDUMMY OSen when the software
> is run full screen becaue the speed and responsiveness is about
> the same between a real windummy OSen install and a virtual box
> virtual machine running it all in Linux.
> Speeding up netbook to near Desktop speed
> -----------------------------------------
> With the EEE, you can speed up the netbook into a desktop PC able to handle
> giant applications. Just fit USB 7200 RPM external pocket drive. Install
> and boot Linux from the external drive. Data transfer rate is about 28
> Megabytes per second so video and other stuff work at near desktop speeds.
> Obviously it uses up a lot more energy and 2 USB sockets and so
> drains battery very fast. Need to be plugged into a charger to
> get best performance. You don't want to fit the 7200RPM drive
> inside the netbook - it will heat up a lot. If you want 7 to 8 hours of
> battery life from your netbooks you need to limit yourself to slowish SSDs
> for now. As the pocket drives cost only 40 pounds, another advantage
> is that you can have several to switch between tasks.
> If netbooks start shipping with e-Sata, then that would be even better
> option to get as the e-Sata and 7200 RPM pocket drives
> desktop drive are common and cheap.

All that just to make Linux look presentable?
Seems like a waste of time to me.