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This is a guide to running Linux on the MSI Wind U120 laptop. The U120 is a netbook, with a 10“ wide screen that runs at a maximum resolution of 1024×600. My U120 came preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP and I initially installed Kubuntu 8.10 on a 16GB pen drive that I would boot off of periodically. After installing and configuring the Realtek wireless drivers on the pen drive, I installed Xubuntu using Wubi on the XP partition. This test was less than satisfactory and I still have issues to try to work out in terms of getting the system to boot fully. This should not be an issue with a standard hard disk installation as proven by the ability to boot from a pen drive.
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For full specifications see the MSI Wind U120 specifications page.
|Name||MSI Wind U120|
|Processor||Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz Processor|
|Screen||10” WSVGA Widescreen|
|HDD||80GB to 160GB|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 950|
Realtek RTL8187 802.11b/g WLAN Card
|Graphics||Yes||direct rendering works|
|Wireless||Yes||Requires installation of rtl8187se_linux-04.tar.bz2 drivers. See instructions at: http://code.google.com/p/msi-wind-linux/|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Yes||you have to mess around with the webcam fn key a little before it works|
The Realtek driver installation comes with an executable installer that will automatically compile using your kernel sources. It is very convenient and should be easy for a novice to install.
You can enter a summary of how well the MSI Wind U120 works with Linux here.