Installing Kubuntu on the MSI Wind U100
Of course the very first thing I had to do with my new laptop was disinfect it from the non-free OS installed by default. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to do. The 160GB drive came already partitioned into a 2gb, a 40gb, and a 110gb piece. The 2gb piece contains a recovery partition that can install a fresh copy of windows onto the laptop. The first time the laptop boots, Windows gets installed to the 40gb partition, which is formatted as NTFS. The third, large partition is free to install your favorite alternative OS.
Although I’ve been a long-time SuSEaholic, I decided to give Ubuntu a try on the MSI Wind, or rather Kubuntu since I’m not ready to give up my KDE Even though the MSI Wind lacks a CD or DVD drive, Kubuntu is dead easy to install. You simply download and run the Unetbootin program in windows, select Kubuntu netboot and target the C: drive, and reboot. voila! The kubuntu installer will start on reboot. As for partitioning, I chose to delete the 110gb partition and create a 2gb swap partition and use the remaining for /. Since the installer downloads all packages during the install, be sure to have a reliable network connection and choose a fast, local mirror site (Use the option to manually specify a URL, located at the top of the mirror selection list). The full list of official ubuntu mirrors is here.