Herbert is a wonderful thing, but let's face it, it is not inexpensive. I needed to send it in to Sony for a minor repair 1) So, I built “herbeee” to tide me over…
In April of 2008 I got an Asus eeepc with 4gig of flash and 512meg of ram. In short order I installed eeeXubuntu on it. I made this move because I wanted to install a number of pieces of software and also because it put the same os on the eeepc as was using on herbert and the machine the looks down at me at home.
It was all quite straight forward. At the end of the day I had a 7.10 xubuntu box with emacspeak and all the other essential software for me to try the eeepc out as a wearable.
The eeepc makes me a bit nostalgic. My first linux based wearable was a gateway handbook back in 1994. Like the eeepc it had a small screen and reduced size keyboard and like that rig back in 1994 I decided to run “herbeee” with no HMD. The eeepc has a vga out connector, but for this device I am not using it to drive a display.
I messed with the settings in /etc/apci/lid.sh a bit so that the screen goes off and stays off when the lid is closed. “Out of the box” eeeXubuntu had the screen shut off on lid closed, but to my dismay I noticed one night that when typing with the lid closed (on my ) the light came back on! I also bound hibernate and suspend to keys combinations I could do with the chorder. I do have to open the eepc to bring it back from hibernate or suspend, but at least I can get it there without opening the device.
That was it. So, the rig consists of an eeepc, a spiffchorder, a chunk of SDHC flash, and if needed a battery from batterygeeks if I'm wearing for more the a few hours.2)
Note: I installed UNR 9.10 on the eeepc late Nov. 2009. Installed simply and easily.