22nd October 2008, 03:13 AM
Picked up an Acer Aspire One this past week end. Couldn't resist. :)
1. Intel Atom processor, 120GB drive, 1GB RAM, Intel Graphics, WinXP pre-installed.
2. Made recovery/restore DVD with ext drive.
3. Created about 50GB of "unallocated space".
4. Installed Fedora 10 Snap 2 from a LiveUSB (took 10 minutes).
5. Sound, Web Camera and WiFi works (wifi out of the box).
6. Enabled "Rpm Fusion repos Free and Non-Free"
7. Installed Compiz Fusion Icon and a bunch of other packages.
8. Have rebooted several times and also run several Fedora LiveUSBs successfully.
9. Had the yumex gui lock after a large package install and while scrolling through available list.
10. Have a sizeable update ready for downloading but it can wait until tomorrow.
22nd October 2008, 05:13 AM
I've been running F10 on the AA1 (160 gig, XP preinstalled, wiped without booting--hear that Acer, you're supposed to give me a refund). Sound, my usual issues with sound and Fedora, which are primarily due, I think, to using fluxbox instead of Gnome. Fixed with my usual editing of /etc/security/console.perms.d and removing alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.
By now, judging from the testing list, that's not necessary for most people--again, I suspect part of it, at least, is due to using fluxbox.
Wireless works out of the box, as expected with the 2.6.27 kernel. (It's the Atheros AR5007EG card.) No LED lights however---anyone know the 2.6.27 equivalent of dev.wifi0.ledpin and softled? I haven't been able to figure it out.
Webcam--I didn't even notice cheese, I did what I did in F9 with a webcam, installed luvcview from source. It works, but not that well. Afterwards, I tried cheese, but it froze the machine completely.
For me, the most important issue is wireless. This is a netbook after all, and I'm not really planning to use it for more than things like email, browsing, and at times, perhaps, accessing my company's network through VBox and VPN. (VirtualBox also works without issues.)
These versions---the XP ones--are pretty similar to any moderately low end laptop. Ubuntu and Elive also work, more or less, out of the box. CentOS requires some work because the r8169 driver that it loads for the wired ethernet makes the system core dump--however, it's fairly easy to work around if you've got another working O/S on the machine.
I have a page on my latest experiences, though it doesn't go into too much detail about Fedora--primarily because there was little or nothing out of the ordinary--at
There aren't any really useful tips for Fedora users though.
There was much more work in getting a usable system with the 8 GB SSD Linpus version. (The SSD is really too slow to run Fedora--updates can literally take hours and hours.)
I wound up, in the end, returning the SSD version and watiing for the 6 cell HD version.
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