Linked by Gary Rennie on Thu 8th Jan 2009 21:06 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu To supplement storage space with the initial purchase of the Aspire One (8 GB SSD version), I bought a 16 GB Transcend TS16GBSDHC6 card that integrates nicely into the left card slot. The pre-installed Linux Linpus just wasn't what I needed since I use many networking tools at work and at home. I initially ran Ubuntu 8.041 with the /home partition on the 16 GB SDHC card. I discovered Eeebuntu while searching for information on how to boot and run Linux off a SDHC card. The goal was of multi-boot installations of Ubuntu, with one install specifically loaded with the tools I use at work. The Acer Aspire One BIOS does not 'see' the card, so you can't boot from it using the [F12] startup key (More on the SDHC boot up further in this article).
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And in other news....
by gfacer on Thu 8th Jan 2009 21:39 UTC
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This is why people put up with windows or buy a Mac!

Hoops, more Hoops, and Hooray for mostly working? Sorry, I like the *idea* of linux, and it is a bit of a hobby, but this is crazy for a machine that ships with a linux distro already installed. How hard can it be to transfer the drivers, etc to other interested distro makers?

Anyways, nuff said.

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RE: And in other news....
by merkoth on Thu 8th Jan 2009 22:01 in reply to "And in other news...."
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No, most people stick with the OS that came preloaded with the device. It comes with a fully working Linpus install and, ideally, you shouldn't need anymore than that. If you don't like it and are not willing to put some effort to change it, don't buy the device.

Putting XP or OSX into the thing would also require some fiddling around, specially OSX.

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RE[2]: And in other news....
by elmimmo on Fri 9th Jan 2009 08:23 in reply to "RE: And in other news...."
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It comes with a fully working Linpus install and, ideally, you shouldn't need anymore than that.

Sure, you should never need OXML support for OpenOffice, or update Firefox and stay with an obsolete and unsecure version, or connect to any sort of LAN and share files, or update the bazillion OS components that have received bug fixes since the Acer Aspire One was released, or pretty much install anything, for that matter.

Should Microsoft be the maker of the version of Linpus that comes with the thing, people would be bashing them with no mercy. And IMHO with all reason.

Note: I have the Linpus version, and will not bother swapping the thing if it requires tweaks and headaches for another that almost works . I am happy with it as is, because it is merely a typewriter to me. Still I did spent more time than I wanted to going through the all the loops required to update Firefox, OO, or to install Skype, Pidgin, Thunderbird and doing other minor tweaks I dare you to ask my parents or non-savy friends to mimic.

The thing, as it comes, is just subpar.

Edited 2009-01-09 08:29 UTC

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RE: And in other news....
by Tuishimi on Thu 8th Jan 2009 23:54 in reply to "And in other news...."
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The guy who wrote the article is obviously an OS and hardware enthusiast who loves the Small, simple hardware, and also wants to use it for something more advanced that a typical user would care about.

What he did was undertake a journey to install a different distribution of linux with his own tweaks for work purposes, and he cared enough to document the process for others who might also be so inclined...

Thank goodness for people who do these things. I recently wanted to tweak my kernel and it really helped to find other people who had done the same thing... I was able to pop in, set the exact flags I needed without guessing, build it and now I am running my custom kernel, and it is sweet.

So thanks to all the people out there who experiment and document.

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RE: And in other news....
by Soulbender on Fri 9th Jan 2009 09:01 in reply to "And in other news...."
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And you know, of course, that his particular needs would be met by an XP or OSX installation?
Well, obviously not OSX since there's no Aspire One with OSX...

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RE: And in other news....
by DittoBox on Fri 9th Jan 2009 19:41 in reply to "And in other news...."
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I bought a Dell Mini 9 in October with Ubuntu preloaded. Recently I downloaded the standard x86 8.10 ISO, used the USB Ubuntu installer (easy installation via synaptic) and installed ubuntu from a USB stick I had laying around (didn't even have to remove anything from the stick) All but the speakers worked entirely out of the box. I only had to add a single line to the bottom of a config file to get the speakers working (other audio was fine).

Windows on laptops typically requires tracking down and installing drivers, waiting an hour or more for windows update to install the latest SP and other updates. With this laptop it would have required an optical drive for initial installation.

Even the compositor worked straight away, and quite well!

Had it not been for the speakers not working and the need to disable swap, this would have been smoother and easier than even doing an OS X install. What's more is that OS X devs have specific hardware they're tailoring too, Ubuntu devs don't.

Well done I say.

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