I loaded Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Remix onto my Dell Inspiron. And though it comes with OpenJDK 6, I wanted to load Sun Java 6 Plugin. You can see what versions of java are on your system by typing the java -version command in a Terminal window.
Here are the simple steps I followed [writtern for Ubuntu 10.10]:
Download and Install Sun Java
Open Ubuntu Software Center
From the menu bar, select Edit > Software Sources, then click on the “Other Software” tab
Enable the Partner repository
Click “Close, at which point it should reload
Search for sun-java6-plugin and Install
Now, if you go check out the Plugins tab in the Firefox Add-Ons list, you should see Java listed:
I know Ubuntu folks are touting Unity as the new desktop theme, but it doesn’t work well on the netbook where real estate is limited. The Launch Pad on the left seems very inflexible. With it, using a web browser [ in this case firefox ] seems difficult. The best option for me was to switch from Unity to the classic gnome desktop.
1. Select Applications from the Launch Pad.
2. Locate and click on the Login Screen icon. Then click on Unlock so you can change the settings.
3. You will have to authenticate with your login password.
4. Select Ubuntu Desktop Edition from the dropdown, for the default session.
5. Select the option to Log in as <Username> automatically and set the login timer to 10 seconds, then hit Close and reboot.
6. After reboot, you should get back to a login window. After you select your username, the taskbar will appear at the bottom of the screen. In the taskbar, make sure the desktop version is still Ubuntu Desktop Edition. Then simply login.
The above steps were written for Ubuntu 10.10, but I suspect they should work for 11.04. However, instead of going from Ubuntu Netbook to Ubuntu Desktop, you have to go from Ubuntu to Ubuntu Classic.
Got myself a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 a while back, for work. I travel from office to office and I use it to remote into my main desktop at homebase. The netbook came preloaded with Windows 7 Starter, which is fine for what I needed to do. I’m not a Linux expert. Far from it. But I recently ran the Windows Update, downloaded and installed Service Pack 1, and basically blew up my netbook. Hey, s#!t happens. Sooo, after I reloaded Windows 7, I decided to also install the Ubuntu Netbook. So I figured I write about my experiences with it here.