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April 24, 2010 @ 16:57

Fedora 13 – btrfs and Asus eee issues

 
I have friend’s Asus eee 701 with only 512 Mb of RAM and 2GB SSD storage. I would like to install Fedora 13 on this netbook and increase SDD performance and speed via btrfs and enabling compression.
 
I immediately stumbled upon some issues:
- Anaconda graphical installed doesn’t support 800×480 resolution
- Anaconda text installer fails on 2GB SDD
- No support for btrfs compression during the install
 
I reported these three issues:

  • RFE: Include btrfs compression option in Anaconda installed
  • Anaconda installed doesn’t fit Asus eee screen (800×480)
  • Anaconda text install fails on 2GB SSD
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    Any help with getting Fedora 13 installed on Asus eee 701 with btrfs + compression is more than welcome.
     

    Filed under english, fedora, linux

    • Thub

      My EeePC 701 was the 4GB version, so I managed to hobble along without any compression, but the screen was an issue. I used vnc to control Anaconda from another computer. (http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f12/en-US/html/sn-remoteaccess-installation.html)

      A Kickstart file is probably your best/safest bet here, though I’m not sure whether you can request compression using this file. I’ve also heard of ways to use yum from a running system (ie. LiveCD/LiveUSB) to install a full system. It gets a little hairy here though, since you need a separate ext4 /boot partition.
      I guess you could partition a small /boot partition as ext4 and the rest as btrfs, then (where /dev/sda is your SSD):

      # mount -t btrfs -o compress /dev/sda2 /mnt/newroot
      # mkdir /mnt/newroot/boot
      # mount -t extfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/newroot/boot
      # grub-install /dev/sda –root-directory=/mnt/newroot
      # yum groupinstall “GNOME Desktop Environment” –installroot=/mnt/newroot –enablerepo=fedora –enablerepo=updates

      I’m mostly going from memory here, so feel free to do a little Googling. :-)

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