Quick note to self, to save some searching next time.

Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 does not quite work on Ubuntu and even worse with Skype.
To get video working on Skype, start it as :
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

And to get the microphone working, run this in a terminal
sudo rmmod gspca_sonixj
sudo modprobe gspca_sonixj

If you have come here looking for a way to install Skype, visit this post instead.

By sheer coincidence, I got my hands on an Asus EeePC just in time for the Ubuntu 9.10 release. Given the state of Windows XP on it, I was left with no option but to do a clean install of UNR.

Before

The netbook was virus infected and was crashing as soon as it booted. Not even the safe mode command prompt only worked! So I decided to wipe the factory installed Windows XP and install UNR instead. It did take a bit of time to find out what to be downloaded and how to install.

The guide at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UNR/Installation/Easy suggests that the img file be downloaded, but there is no img file for the Karmic release.
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This is what my daughter has to say about my home computers:

Papa, ever since you made the computer a laptop, it misbehaves and crashes. Please make it a computer again!

Read computer = Ubuntu and laptop = Windows. My desktop ran Ubuntu for a long time until I installed Win7 on it. My laptop always had WinXP as shipped by the manufacturer. My daughter prefers Ubuntu to Windows, looks like I am raising a Linux fangirl 🙂

I wonder if Scott Hanselman will publish this on http://www.overheardathome.com