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    EeePC 900

    I just picked up one of these at Target, for $299.99 USD. I'm making my first post with it. The system specs are:

    Intel Celeron M CPU 900MHz
    512MB RAM
    4GB hard drive
    Linux OS (Xandros?)
    Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)

    I have already modified it so that it has a KDE desktop. The problem that I have is that it defaults to the original desktop. I have to select the logoff button, and then select the 'Full Desktop' button before I get the KDE desktop.

    Does anyone know a way to make it start the KDE desktop by default?
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    Go to 'Settings' and 'Personalisation'. Find 'Login Mode' and select 'Full Desktop Mode', which should be there if you have kde kicker installed.

    This isn't how I did it, btw (it's not so straightforward to do the full desktop stuff on the 901). I did it by installing Fedora 9 on an 8GB SDHC memory card, and now I can choose Gnome or KDE.
    Linux user #126863 - see

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    Thanks, but I already got it working. I forgot that I even posted about it.

    I basically followed the instructions found here:

    I don't recall having to add any repositories first, but I may have. Then I opened a terminal with the Ctrl+Alt+T keys. To get root privileges I used this command:
    sudo bash
    I am looking at my terminal history for what I did. It looks like I had trouble with apt, so I started Synaptic from the terminal. I think that I then added this repository.
    Distribution:  xandros4.0-xn
    Section(s):  main contrib non-free
    I then installed these programs using Synaptic.


    To get it to boot into the KDE desktop, I followed these instructions:

    I created a hidden file in my home directory named .xinitrc containing this.
    #Needed to get automount working
    xhost + si:localuser:root
    sudo rm /tmp/nologin
    #Needed to get the network working
    sudo /opt/xandros/bin/start_netserv &
    This seems to work OK, but I still need to disable the popups for my SD card at boot. There is a way to do that too, it seems
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

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