[texhax] Latex for Linux ["netbooks"!]

John C Frain frainj at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 18:37:52 CET 2009

I installed TexLive 2007 from the TexLive DVD some time ago on an SD
card in an ASUS Eeepc 4G.  As far as I remember the only problem was
thah the  external DVD drive mounted in a directory that had white
spaces and the TeXLive install script failed.  When I umounted the
drive and and remounted to a directory with no space in the name the
install script ran perfectly and the TeX programs all worked.  I was
also able to install an old version of TexMaker from the ASUS
repository and get it working.  The ASUS screen was a little small for
the program.  Later versions of TeXmaker would not install.  Vim is on
the ASUS and I probably should have looked at using it.  Despite the
small screen the 4G is the very quick to access email and internet.  I
have also got a reasonable R system working on the 4G.

I have lately installed Ubuntu 8.10 on an SD card attached to the
EeePc 4G and have installed TeXLive 2008 (from the TeXLive DVD) on
that system.  It also appears to be working.  This is recreational
and, at the moment, I do not have the time to refine this system (get
wireless working  etc.)  If I had time the Ubuntu version is the more
attractive  despite a much slower boot.

Best Regards


2009/2/8 Uwe Lück <uwe.lueck at web.de>:
> At 08:43 29.01.08, Axel E. Retif wrote:
>>On  27 Jan, 2008, at 04:24, wssp wrote:
>> > I have bought a ASUS Eeepc 4G (701) laptop mainly for my studies. I want
>> > to install Latex on this. This laptop has Linux operating system. Can I
>> > install any Latex or is there particular version for suitable for this.
>>Many LaTeX distros (as a matter of fact, *all* I know of) have old
>>teTeX distributions. By far, the best TeX & friends distribution for
>>Linux is TeXLive:
>>I think TeXLive 2008 is to be released soon, but I'm not sure.
>>I have successfully installed TeXLive 2007 under Ubuntu and Fedora.
> Happy New Year! (Compare year numbers.) I found this in searching my texhax
> box and therefore comment it here, although previously I planned to tell
> about this to the TeXLive maintainers only.
> I have bought a similar problem, namely Acer One with "Linpus Linux Lite",
> indeed in order to drill myself hard. Before installing TeX, I learnt that
> this is a kind of Fedora 9 and I should use RPM (Red Hat package managing,
> yum ...). This is quite a restriction, I found a TeXLive 2007 RPM which,
> among other lacunae, didn't install any DVI viewer. Anyway, I have found
> reviews telling that this Acer One Linpus Linux is ridiculous, and I was
> advised to replace it by Ubuntu (I doubt ...)
> I wondered much what will happen if I follow the TeXLive instructions
> instead, will this break the RPM structure? In the meantime, I have tried
> to install an XDVI separately, I found nothing but the teTeX version, its
> buttons don't work. I tend to think that the problem is not so much the
> name of the Linux distribution, rather: as a number of flaws of this Acer
> One Linux have been reported and I have found more of them, any failures of
> TeXLive installations on my tiny netbook may be due to flaws in its special
> operating system.
> So I developped the view that the rise of "netbooks" in 2008 that were
> equipped with somewhat obscure Linux blends need special care from the TeX
> users community.
> However, I wonder how many TeX users have bought such netbooks with Linux.
> It seems that netbooks originally were equipped with Linux just because
> Windows was too large. Microsoft had announced the end of Windows XP, but
> then it was revived for those netbooks. I wonder: has this made Linux on
> netbooks irrelevant? On the other hand, I have seen issues of computer
> magazines devoted to Ubuntu on netbooks.
> Puuh ..., cheers,
>     Uwe.
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John C Frain
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
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