Install Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Ubuntu Karmic

Please Note: This is experimental. It may have bugs, flaws and may not work for every configuration. Continue at your own risk.

Have you heard about Ubuntu Netbook Remix? If not there is some good information on it, and installation instructions here.

But if you are like me, already have Ubuntu installed, and want to try out UNR, then what? At first the only options I really saw were to start fresh with UNR, not something I was really pleased about doing since I wasn’t sure if I would keep it, and I wasn’t sure if I even liked it. But I knew I wanted to give it a shot, because it looks to me to really have potential in the mobile computing world (can you say carputer?).

So anyways, after some looking through the guides on the Wiki, and what-not I was able to determine what packages I needed to install.

Here are the steps I took to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Ubuntu Karmic:

First off, you will need to add the extra repositories to your sources list. Most likely if you are reading this you have already done it, but if not then read here: How to install extra repositories.

Now run the following command to install the necessary packages.

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

Now reboot and you should be running Ubuntu Netbook Remix. I personally love the added features, very pleasing on the eyes, and very handy. I have it running on my desktop, and laptop.

I really see potential for using it to build a carputer system or home automation system. I know there is already the Ubuntu Mobile Edition, but it is just too dumbed down for my tastes. This seems to be the perfect mix between computer, and mobile system. Next up, skinning, and perhaps some custom software interfaces of some sort.

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