Recently I have got a new Acer Aspire. Great little thingy. Anyway, it came with Windows XP on it (which worked only so-and-so, by the way) so I decided to try to install linux onto it, too. It was not too hard, despite it lacking a CD-ROM unit! It now has a nice ubuntu linux system, with many features running.
These are important sources:
- aspireoneuser, lots of info, nice forum section with specific forums for linuxes
- ubuntu’s help on Aspire One, a page devoted specifically to this computer
In a nutshell, these are the steps:
- Download the ubuntu distro CD
- Boot it at some other computer in trial mode, select to transfer the distro to a USB key
- Plug the key in the Acer, install normally
Everything important seems to run out-of-the-box, save from the wifi! (which also had its problems under Windows XP, specially with weak signals). Some things do not work under Windows, but do in linux: Fn + F4 to put the thing to sleep.
More comments on this later…
Wifi does work, after rebooting (and following the steps in the second link above). It even connects to the WPA2 Spanish academic network (eduroam). After updating the kernel, the steps must be followed again (as seems logical).
I can’t believe it looks this good:
Newsflash: netbook installing is easy as pie in the new release. See the official ubuntu netbook mix page. Wifi works now. And it looks amazing.