How to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix in Ubuntu 8.10/8.04

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The Ubuntu Netbook Remix interface is designed to make Ubuntu Linux easy to use on mini-laptops with small, low resolution displays. It comes with a custom program launcher that replaces the normal Ubuntu desktop and panels with a series of tabs and program shortcuts.Netbook Remix is not another edition of Ubuntu, like Kubuntu, or Edubuntu, but rather a collection of seven packages that are installed on top of a standard Ubuntu image. These packages are available for both Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10

For Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) users

Edit your sources.list file using the following command

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Now add these two lines to the end of your source list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu intrepid main

Save and exit the file.

Update the sourcelist using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install the Netbook Remix packages

sudo apt-get install go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus netbook-launcher window-picker-applet

For Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)  users

Edit your sources.list file using the following command

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Now add these two lines to the end of your source list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu hardy main

Save and exit the file.

Update the sourcelist using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Now Install the Netbook Remix packages

sudo apt-get install go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus ume-launcher window-picker-applet

To Start Ubuntu Netbook Remix Simply reboot your machine

Configuring Netbook Remix

For Netbook Remix to work you need to set maximus and ume-launcher (For 8.04 users) or netbook-launcher (For 8.10 Users) to your startup programs. Go to System>Preferences>Sessions and add entries for both of these commands.

Switch between desktop options

If you want to switch between default desktop and Netbook Remix you need to install Desktop-Switcher utility using the following command

sudo apt-get install Desktop-Switcher

The desktop switcher will show up in your System Preferences menu, and it will let you toggle between the ubuntu netbook remix  desktop mode or a classic desktop with the click of a button.

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10 thoughts on “How to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix in Ubuntu 8.10/8.04

  1. I have had a lot of problem with Remix on MSI Wind. It is much easier to install Easy Peasy from the scratch. No bugs at all, just the usual 8.10 related ones.

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  2. I used all the instructions correctly and ended up with a white screen being unable to do anything with my screen.

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  3. Hi, I installed the Netbook Remix on Hardy Heron, it works just fine. However, when switching back and forth, I only have the “Default Ubuntu Desktop” option, and it takes me back to the default, but not to my customised desktop (launchers and so forth) – do you happen to know a workaround for this? I would like to get my old desktop back, when switching, if possible. Thanks!

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  4. The funny part is that while on Netbook Remix, I still have the previous, customised top and bottom panels, and switching back to the default does just that – switches to the out-of-the-box Hardy default desktop. Any suggestions on how to fix this are welcome, thanks :)

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  5. I just downloaded the ubuntu remix on my acer netbook and my internal mouse is not working i have to use an external mouse how can i fix this problem

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  6. I agree – any chance of seeing instructions for adding Ubuntu Netbook Remix on top of an existing 10.10 desktop edition?

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