Archive for August, 2008

Ubuntu 8.04.1 on my Aspire One

I’ve been a bit unhappy with my pre-installed linpus linux, so I decided to install Ubuntu on my Aspire One. Ubuntu is one of the best GNU/Linux distributions out there with a great community.

Firstly I tried to boot the Ubuntu 8.04 liveCD, but it it didn’t work for me. After some reading in the Aspireoneuser forum, I discovered that some people had the same problems and tried Ubuntu 8.04.1 which works. (so remember: never download the x.x version but the x.x.1 one :D)

All the installing went fine and I followed this tutorial to install some hardware and configure the SSD:


There are some good things about installing Ubuntu:

  • You can now write and read Windows partitions
  • You can access Windows networks
  • More installable packages (like conky for example)
  • Up to Date packages (OpenOffice, FF3, 3D drivers)
  • Login security

And of course the bad things:

  • Crappy flash framerates and no sound
  • All the hardware installing
  • SSD performs slower (I have the Intel SSD)
  • Startup times slower

August 23, 2008 at 9:41 am 6 comments

Aspire One – Conky

To start Conky on your Aspire One, you first need to disable the Acer desktop:

(or follow this tutorial to shut your Acer desktop permanent off: here , but I do not recommend using it because there are some problems with it)

kill the process xfdesktop2 (Ctrl+Alt+Del)

Then open your terminal and type:


Your xfce desktop will now appear on your screen with some icons. Now start up:

System -> Add/Remove Software (in advanced menu)
Search for “conky” and install the fedora 8 package.

Now you need to place your .conkyrc configuration file in your homefolder called:


Then open your terminal and type:


Conky should now run.

NOTE: After reboot everything will be resetted

(I still need to figure out how to start conky from script)

August 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm 1 comment

Acer Aspire One, the beginning…

The next 4 years of my life I need to travel 100km a day per train from Amsterdam to Almere for my study. The Aspire One is a great netbook for traveling, so I bought this machine last Saturday. It cost me 299 euros and it came without it’s bag :(.

The Acer Aspire One A110 comes with Linpus pre-installed. Linpus is a Linux distribution based on Fedora.

Here are some pictures and screen shots:

(I ran: Pygame, pyGTK and Python in the last 3 screenshots)

August 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm 7 comments

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