Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Aug 2008 01:43 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Me and Bobby Powers have spent a few hours smoothing out the process of getting fully-featured Linux desktops to boot on the XO laptop. On the whole, OLPC developers have been pretty good at getting code upstream, so only a few fixups are needed to get things operational on the XO." On a slightly (stretching it here) related note, here is a detailed guide on installing and optimising Ubuntu on the Acer Aspire One that we reviewed last week. I replaced the default Linpus installation with Ubuntu using this guide, and I must say that I am quite pleased.
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RE: Celebrating the problems.
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 20th Aug 2008 14:29 UTC in reply to "Celebrating the problems."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

People go with pride with how many hours it takes for them to "optimize" (or get everything to work) for their system.


The default Linpus installation is fully optimised and functional out-of-the-box on the One, but sadly, it locks users out fo the advanced Linux stuff (i.e. panel is hardcoded-locked down, desktop is locked, no Bluetooth stack, no package manager, limited email/IM clients, etc.).

In addition, it's RPM-based, and I'm more comfortable with Debian-based systems.

So, I installed Ubuntu, which is not yet optimised for the Atom platform, let alone the One itself. As such, I had to do several optimisations manually.

This was a matter of choice, not a must. For 90% of the people, the default Linpus installation will work just fine, and no optimisation is needed.

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starterz Member since:
2005-07-06

Linpus works well, for a beginner. I tried my best and customized it (it is based on Fedora 8 with Xfce), and still found myself annoyed with all the limitations and things I had to uninstall-reinstall for them to work (Pidgin for example). Did not even bother with another Linux distribution, since not even Ubuntu could guarantee fully supported and working hardware with no issues. I switched to XP, and have been extremely happy with my Aspire One since.

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