Feel free to ignore everything I’ve written up to now about installing Linux on the EeePC. It has become officially irrelevant.
If you want a fully working install of Ubuntu without all the buggering about, then just get yourself the beta version of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. It’s had some significant tweakery since 8.10 Intrepid and now handles all the Eee hardware straight OOTB. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because the latest Mandriva 2009 can do it so Ubuntu would be lagging behind if they didn’t implement it as well.
Not only that, it runs beautifully on my desktop machine too, which Intrepid Ibex point blank refused to do.
So there you have it – all your Ubuntu issues sorted. Should have tried it sooner.
It’s still a beta – but it seems pretty stable to me. If you’re concerned about running a beta, then the official release is on 23rd April, so not long to wait.