After getting Kismet set up on the EEE it was time to go for a walk. With the GPS stuck to the lid of the closed EEE, I shoved it in the push-chair and set off. Totalled around 650 networks on a stroll through the centre of Gijón and along El Muro.
As you may have well deduced, I’m a mac boy.
I know of the command line, and I’m not scared of it, as such, but I was getting a bit miffed with instructions for getting Kismet running under Linux Mint/Ubuntu.
Essentially, every guide told you how to install Kismet, told you to edit your .conf file and then quite simply “type kismet to start”… as you can imagine, with no immeadiate correct results, I got quite irritated quite quickly!
wEEEdriving? Anyway, with Mac OS X on the Asus, Kismac was next. While I waited for the Dell mini pci-e card to arrive, I dug out the old D-Link DWL-G122 USB stick and the GlobalSat USB GPS and hooked it all up.
After remembering where all the relevant drivers were, Kismac worked fine, found my two SSIDs at home, and the GPS was getting a signal and put me roughly in the right place. I say roughly as the dot to show where you are covers about 70% of the UK on the default map!
The Asus is so light weight, and OS X gets roughly 2.5 hrs on the battery (this will drop with it powering USB devices, but certainly long enough to go for a cycle or walk with the EEE in a backpack. Gets a bit warm, but nothing too alarming. We’ll see how it fares on holiday in Spain!
Really enjoying my Asus EEE, and have tried a few linux distros (mostly Ubuntu based) but I’m a mac boy, and once I started reading about the Uphuck and JaS hacks, well… it’s was only a couple of gig away!
I’m sure Nathan will be relieved that I’m no longer asking n00b linux questions, ad the next step is to get Kismac and the GPS on the Asus EEE.
Took me long enough, but I’ve bought an Asus EEE 4G.
What an amazing little machine. Great size, light weight, surprisingly good build quality. Ram and an SD card are on the way to max it out, and with the help of Nathan at work, we installed eeeBuntu instead of the default Xandros Playskool OS.
The compiler of eeeBuntu has done a sweet job, making the OS very Mac-like, which is great for me as I’m used to the icons, so learning a new OS isn’t as alien.
Next step, get the GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS running with some linux logging apps.