It took awhile, but I finally finished the UNR/eeePC project. While Remastersys is a great application for cloning computers, unfortunately I found it’s limition: Ubuntu Netbook Remix. While it does indeed clone the hard drive, after you boot it with the live CD/USB you create, errors kill the install. This is a well known bug, and hopefully soon we’ll see a fix, but for now I moved back to Clonezilla. I used this application in the past, with little success. This time, I actually followed the directions…and voila…success! I cloned the image, all the settings, and could move it to similar models. While only testing on 700 and 900 series eeePCs, I assume this will work with many/all netbook models.
I also took the time to explore ways to ‘freeze’ the user partition. We spent a large amount of time last year in resetting pre-shared keys when students accidentally/on purpose erased their wireless settings. This time, we will explore Lethe (http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/lethe/index.php?title=Main_Page), which is the open source version of Deep Freeze. This will allow certain partitions to be read-only, not allowing changes to crucial settings. More on that shortly!