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Old 12-23-2011, 09:11 PM
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Default AspireOne Netbook on Ubuntu?

Is this a good idea? I'm thinking of purchasing one of these cheap ass netbooks and just putting ubuntu on it and using it for basic internet piddle paddling. It comes with Windows 7 Starter addition.



This model:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-10.1-...em+Description


Yeah, I know it's a piece of shit. It's out of stock online but I've seen it around still in-store. I just want something for browsing, email, messaging ect. I won't need lots of storage. I'd imagine that if I just keep it virus free and uncrowded with applications it should last me a good while right? Not abuse the poor thing.

It has no cd/dvd drives. I'm wondering if there's a way to recover the Windows 7 Starter? Does it come with some usb drive to install it or is it all pre-installed? It comes with Office Starter 2010 (only has word and excel, kind of blows.) I need to be able to have access to Office, unfortunately. My sister has a shitty shitty laptop that has Windows Vista on it. It's pretty insecure to do any type of browsing / internet activity on. She might be moving out soon, so I don't know if she'll leave it or not. Shit, she might even take this computer with her, I don't know. She recently built a computer and she's so proud and protective of it she doesn't want to connect the internet to it, she's mainly using it as a lab, (that's IT people for you ).


All the computers here pretty much are marked as hers, scent markings, ect.

I just want something I can call my own guys.


Found a guide on how to install!

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne/Ubuntu8.04


Edit: I should clarify that there's 3 computers here, a 7 y/o DELL that runs ubuntu (which does amazingly well for what it is btw), shitty DELL laptop, and my sister's "lab" computer that she built.

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Old 12-24-2011, 08:58 AM
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Default Re: AspireOne Netbook on Ubuntu?

Windows in preinstalled on this. This will not come with a win7 USB/DVD.

If you already own win7 you can put it on any USB stick with: http://wudt.codeplex.com/

You can put the ubuntu installation (or any linux) on a usb with: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

The instructions you have for Ubuntu are painfully outdated, it should all work out of the box now.

The possible exception is the wireless, you will need to run a wizard to install that, it will automatically pop up and offer to install it. (search "jockey" in the unity launcher in case it doesn't)

Depending on what you mean by "Office", you have two choices:

a) Use Libreoffice (formerly OpenOffice). This is pretty well compatible with MSOffice.

or

b) install PlayOnLinux which will help you install MSOffice. PlayOnLinux is a wine wrapper that will make MSO installation very simple. It is available in the Ubuntu Software Center.

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Old 12-25-2011, 01:23 AM
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Default Re: AspireOne Netbook on Ubuntu?

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I actually had one of the older Aspire Ones in 2009 and had Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it. Ubuntu Netbook Edition and regular Ubuntu merged in 11.04 because they both are using Unity.

I'm not sure how usable Ubuntu Unity's 3d features will work with it but it's worth a shot. I had to disable it on my tablet because I didn't have enough video memory. Of course, my tablet only has 32 MB of video memory.

Seriously, installing any linux distro on your netbook is a good idea. You will use less RAM for your system and will still have access to all of the newest software. Ubuntu's software repository is top notch (after you enable third-party sources and non-free sources).

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download - click USB and on Windows and it will guide you through using the Universal USB Installer (software almost identical to Unetbootin).


I thought that Libreoffice people split from Open Office people and that they are two competing programs now?
Yeah, they are. So, I'm confused about which version of ubuntu to use... just 11.04? No "Netbook" name attached to it? I'm not exactly some linux/ubuntu l33t user, I'm pretty dense when it comes to computers but I know that I don't want to keep the Windows OS on it because it's too weighty and virus prone.


Edit: I sound so stupid.

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Old 12-25-2011, 01:32 AM
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Default Re: AspireOne Netbook on Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is annoying these days with that shitty bar you can't get rid of. Use Mint because it's slicker and more customizable than Ubuntu, and has more things that work right from a fresh install. You can also use linux mint lxde which is very light for old systems and should run really fast on a netbook.

http://linuxmint.com/
Every program that works on ubuntu works on mint.
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Ubuntu is annoying these days with that shitty bar you can't get rid of. Use Mint because it's slicker and more customizable than Ubuntu, and has more things that work right from a fresh install. You can also use linux mint lxde which is very light for old systems and should run really fast on a netbook.

http://linuxmint.com/
Every program that works on ubuntu works on mint.
I certainly like the look of it, I'll take it into consideration. There's so many versions of linux & ubuntu to pick from.
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:30 AM
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Ubuntu now only has two versions, the latest are: Ubuntu 11.10 and Ubuntu Server 11.10 .

You might want to try Mint, i quite like OpenSUSE as well.
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This guy is creaming himself over linux mint 11 lxde. Hm...
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Default Re: AspireOne Netbook on Ubuntu?

I think I'll just put ubuntu on it since the install will be easier, considering I need to copy a CD for mint or go through some confounded faulty steps to create a USB booter. So, meh... ubuntu. I'm sure there's got to be a way to get rid of the annoying sidebar...


Edit: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Or maybe not...

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I think I'll just put ubuntu on it since the install will be easier, considering I need to copy a CD for mint or go through some confounded faulty steps to create a USB booter. So, meh... ubuntu. I'm sure there's got to be a way to get rid of the annoying sidebar...


Edit: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Or maybe not...
It wont be easier, because after ubuntu is installed you'll have a bunch of other shit to install. You'll want to resize your fonts and you won't be able to, you'll have to find Gnome-tweak tools/advanced settings. You'll want to play flash websites and you'll have to get flash from restricted extras. You'll get sick of trying to customize the unity bar and so you'll probably apt-get install gnome.

Get mint. It's ubuntu based, will run everything ubuntu does, but it's prettier and works right from the install.
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