As always, we’re doing lots of interesting and significant things and have more good ideas than we have people to do the work. If you have an Eee PC or are planning to get one, or are otherwise interested in our work, some of which has uses beyond just the Eee, here are some highlights:
Earliest Eee models supported in Lenny
Lenny will release with the atl2 ethernet driver and the non-free madwifi-source now works with the earliest Eee models as well, so our patched version is no longer needed. This means Lenny will work with all of the earliest models of the Eee PC: 701 (2G and 4G surf, 4G, 8G) and 900! All we need now for full support in Lenny is to replace the non-free wireless driver with the free ath5k driver when it is ready.
Nick Kossifidis has submitted patches on linux-wireless supporting the Eee models currently supported only by the non-free madwifi in ath5k. This means we’ll soon realize our goal of a completely DFSG free system for the earliest models of the Eee. By 2.6.27, or at the latest 2.6.28, these models will be supported. Then we will see about making a patch to support whichever kernel makes it into Lenny.
Model 901, 1000 and 1000H users are now able to install using the atl1e ethernet driver from eeepc.debian.net. Support for wireless and other aspects of the new hardware will follow soon. The debian-kernel team was prompt to add atl1e to 2.6.26 which has just been uploaded to sid. We hope 2.6.26 makes it into Lenny.
Glenn Saberton has been doing an upstanding job adding wireless support to our custom Debian-installer. We have supported WEP authentication for several releases, now, and a beta version supports WPA. Glenn is also making progress with these patches upstream so that non-Eee Debian users will benefit from our work.
LXDE is in Lenny
LXDE has entered Lenny, thanks to Andrew Lee. It is a quite lightweight desktop environment that is made with the Eee PC in mind.
Two flavours of Debian-live USB images are available: a demo of the LXDE desktop and a minimal console-only image for rescue/backup. The images are still in alpha stage of development. If you’d like to help, give us a shout.
More interesting things are planned for the future that benefit Debian as a whole. With a small amount of work patching live-helper, anyone will be able to make a live image that includes a customized Debian-installer.
Mobile device initiative
This month on debian-devel, there was some interesting discussion about Debian support for the Intel Atom processor and a possible mobile net device initiative. That’s something we could get behind, if anything comes of it.
Robert Epprecht has been keeping the German wiki translation in good shape, but we could always use some more help with any of the translations.
New members welcome
If you’d like to join us, check out our site at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC and drop us a note on our list or join our irc channel and talk to us about what you’d like to do.