I also tried it on an Acer Aspire One over the weekend.
The installer gives the option of formatting as ext2 but this didn't seem to work and I ended up with ext3. I have the 8GB SSD so I really need ext2
I also tried installing to a USB thumb drive but could not get this to boot. This may however have been due to the thumb drive and I only had 2 to play with and the other had the .img file installed to it.
Wireless is very flaky. Will connect to WEP and unsecured networks but WPA is a total lottery. My 02 3G modem was not recognised.
It has 2 workspaces set up by default and each time you open an app or file it asks which workspace you want to place it in. Becomes very irritating very quickly.
On the positive side the boot time is fantastic. Compositing is enabled automatically and it looks great and seems quick and snappy. They are using a 2.6.29 kernel so it may be that the intel graphics problems are finally being resolved
There are 2 shells for the browser installed. One themed to fit the rest of the OS which is accessed from the toolbar and another regular firefox/minefield UI which you can access from the applications menu . The full version allows extensions to be installed and all the extensions I tried worked.
It's not something I would use permanently as the clutter type desktops are not really my thing. But certainly much better than the Acer Linpus lite, Ubuntu NBR or Asus Xandros desktops. In speed and appearance that is, not functionality.
Microsoft sells licences in bulk to Microsoft Certified Partners who then sell individual licences for windows and office to Icelandic businesses. Said businesses go tits up, cant' pay their bills and MS then comes looking for it's cash from the MCPs. Apparently the MCPs take no profit on the licences and make money on the support.
TFA blames MS but as far as I can see it is the fault of the MCPs for getting into bed with the devil and using support for a shitty OS as a business model.
To be honest it was running fine with the stock 512. Firefox seems to be loading pages a little quicker and FLV playback is now perfect whereas before it was occasionally a little choppy. Other than that I can't say i have noticed much of a difference. I had intended to try and use the Phoronix benchmarking tool to see what difference it made but the memory arrived before I got round to it.
The extra RAM i ordered arrived this morning and is now installed.
Disassembly was not quite as tricky as I expected. There are 6 screws visible on the bottom which need removing and another two under the rubber feet at the rear. Two little tabs above the F2 and Pause buttons are popped to remove the keyboard and then 6 screws on the surface beneath the keyboard.
A word of warning for anyone trying this though. The hinges have a little circular cap on the end which are attached by 3 very small plastic legs. You can remove them using your finger nails but be careful putting them back on as I managed to snap one of the legs on one of the caps. It seems secure enough and I'm not sure they serve any purpose other than aesthetics.
The upper and lower half's came apart very smoothly using a plectrum. The motherboard is tiny. About half the size of any other other laptop board I've seen. There is a smaller board off to one side with the audio sockets and the multi card reader. The ssd storage is also on a small card branded Intel. This is connected with a flat cable and looks like it should be upgradeable.
The RAM slot is on the under side of the mother board. This requires unplugging the speaker, mouse and monitor cable as well as removing the wireless card. There are about half a dozen screws to remove here and you can the slide the motherboard up pretty easily. There is only one memory socket on this computer as the 512MB which came with it are actually soldered on to the motherboard. The 512MB which i bought was not recognised when i switched it on and neither were two sticks which i borrowed from another laptop. I then had a flash of inspiration and blew on the socket like you used to do with Nintendo cartridges. This solved the problem and when switched back on the bios recognised the new RAM. I then unplugged it again and reassembled.
Be careful putting the motherboard back in, as the rear left hand side (looking from the front) needs to be slid under a little protrusion just in front of the hinge. Other than my problem with the hinge cap everything went back together without a problem. The two halfs only needed a little pressure with the flat of the hand to slot back together and a nice little click told me everything was OK.
I have no idea why acer did not make the RAM socket accessible and other than the battery life it is my only complaint about this PC.
A trip to buy a chair yesterday resulted in the unexpected purchase of a shiny new Acer Aspire One for the grand total of £199.99 (U.K).
Basic specs are a 1.6 Ghz Intel Atom processor, Intel 945GME graphics, 8.9 inch 1024x600 screen, 512Mb DDR2 and 8 GB of solid state storage. The Linpus distro which came pre-installed was quick but pretty limited so I installed Ubuntu which took a bit of work and fiddling but looks great on the tiny screen. The webcam mic doesn't work and the multi card reader only works if a card is present at boot. A second SD slot works as a card reader under Ubuntu whilst in Linpus it adds the SD card to the main storage.
I basically followed the advice at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne
It's pretty well built, and certainly gives the impression that it would survive the occasional tumble. The keyboard is small but fine for a hunt and pecker like me.
Other than the card reader and the webcam mic, everthing else seems to be working well. The boot time is not great, 54 secs compared to 23 with Linpus, but I tend to use the suspend mode a lot on laptops so I'm not too concerned. Suspend and hibernate both work perfectly.
The main weakness is battery life. Even with powertop running and all unnecessary services disabled 2 hours 20mins is about the best your going to get with wireless on. Less if you can't stand a fully dimmed screen. From what I could gather there is a 6 cell battery coming which should double this but that will probably be at least £60 additional cost. However the power brick is pretty tiny and very light. I weighed it as 338 grams with the laptop itself weighing 968 grams.
I've ordered another 512MB of RAM which including postage was less than a tenner. Installing it does require complete disassembly of the laptop, I'm looking forward to this but it may not be for everyone.
I'm Barry a 29 year old Engineering Systems student from the North of Scotland. I returned to Education last year after a long break. I studied Economics a long time ago and spent a lot of the intervening time working in tech support for an ISP in the UK.
I've been using Linux off and on for the last few years, I think Fedora 3 was my first distro, I changed my laptop to Ubuntu during the summer of 2006 and have been very happy ever since. I haven't had an MS operating system installed on anything other than a VM since late 2006. My desktop is in a constant state of chaos with multiple distros on the go at any one time, usually Suse, Arch, Fedora, Debian and when feeling masochistic, Gentoo. I'm actually considering the unthinkable at the moment and may try Arch on the laptop.
Never really been one for joining forums or the like but being a full time student I have lots more time on my hands these days and thought what the hell. The local LUG seems to be pretty dead and I've bored all my friends senseless talking about Linux.
Outside of tech I try to find time to read, pretty broad taste although not as much fiction as I used to. My musical tastes have been described as eclectic (by myself) and odd (everyone else), anything from Duke Ellington to Metallica and a lot of the stuff in between. At the moment I'm listening to a lot of Reggae and French Ska. Check out a band called Keep Cool Vibration on Jamendo they are pretty dam good. I watch as much sport as I can, although not as much as I would like to since Cricket sold it's soul to Rupert Murdoch. Alcohol wise I'm a beer man, I appreciate real ale but I'm not religious about it. Being a Scot I like the odd whisky from time to time and if you're buying I'll have a Scapa please, and the older the better.
Anyway thanks for the Podcast guys.