Linux4One: Ubuntu for the Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire OneThe Aspire One is a netbook from Acer, very similar to the Asus Eee PC. It’s sold at about EUR 200 in Italy, and it offers an 8.9″ display (1024×600), a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom CPU, a 8Gb SSD drive, with integrated Wifi, Mic and webcam.
It’s a nice product, but the Linux operating system with it is shipped is not so good (it’s a personalized and branded version of Linpus – a Taiwanese distribution for low-resources PCs).

I tried a couple of alternative OS (for example Ubuntu Netbook Remix), but none of them fully fit on it: too weight, drivers problems, etc.

Finally, I found an italian project: “Linux4One“, a modified Ubuntu distro, optimized for the Aspire One. It includes drivers for this notebook, with a good interface, derived from the Netbook Remix version.

It’s very easy to install it: just download the ISO, “burn” it on a USB key (I suggest using usb-creator, a simple application for Ubuntu), plug it into one of USB connection on the Aspire One, reboot it and press F12 at the first boot screen, then choose the USB key as boot device and install it. After the installation process (and a first reboot, that is necessary to make wi-fi work), you’ll get a full Ubuntu system on your Aspire One.

It supports all the onboard devices (also standby mode!) and it runs quite fast (not fast as Linpus, but anyway it’s acceptable to have a “real” operating system!).

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