kornel has requested to post some instructions on installing ubuntu netbook remix on HTC Shift.

First, for those who still don’t know what UNR is, a picture is worth 1000 words:

ume-launcher on HTC Shift 1 ume-launcher on HTC Shift 2

Here are the instructions:

1) Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources. Click on Third Party software. Click Add…, and add the following:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu hardy main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu hardy main

Then Click Close and Click Reload.

Advanced users can just add the above lines to their /etc/apt/sources.list (and run sudo apt-get update afterwards).

2) Install all netbook remix packages:

$ sudo apt-get install go-home-applet window-picker-applet maximus human-netbook-theme ume-launcher

3) Once installed, you’ll need to add maximus to autostart for your session. You’ll also need to setup the gnome-panel to look like the screenshots, basically:

  • Delete bottom panel
  • Setup top panel like: GoHomeApplet WindowPickerApplet NotificationArea MixerApplet Clock

UPDATE: This has been fixed in current ume-launcher version.

You’ll notice that the icons are very small by default, this is because UNR doesn’t support resolutions below 1024x600. I have done a patch to ume-launcher which increases the icon size, available in launchpad bug #237373.

So, if you prefer bigger icons, just download my patched ume-launcher_0.3ubuntu3_i386.deb, and install it.