I’ve been running the Linpus Linux Lite that came with my Acer Aspire One since receiving it last August. However, after months of use, I can see why some people outgrew it and other so-called friendly Linux front-end graphical interfaces: They are simply too limiting. Although Linpus is based on Fedora Linux (a Red Hat support community project), I can’t install the production version of Adobe AIR although earlier alpha releases ran on the Aspire One. This means I can’t use my current favorite Twitter client (twhirl). I’ve been considering installing either Fedora 10 or Ubuntu 8.10 on the Acer but have found too many quirks in discussions about them regarding features like WiFi and battery management support. Although this Liliputing article doesn’t help me with the Acer, if you have an Asus Eee PC netbook, you might find this Linux distro option interesting…
Pupeee Linux 4.2 is fast, simple and built for Eee PC netbooks
Puppeee 4.2 is based on the ultra-lightweight Puppy Linux distro. I tried an earlier release myself a year and a half ago on a notebook that would make today’s netbook look like supercomputers…
Puppy Linux 3.01 Makes an Old Notebook Useful Again
I installed it on an ancient Dell Latitude L400 notebook which weighed in at about 4 pounds and was as close to a netbook as we had back in the early part of this decade. It had a Pentium III processor, 256MB RAM, and a 10GB hard drive. Like most Linux distros, it had awful wireless LAN hardware driver support. And, I was never able to get it on the WiFi network. However, its wired Ethernet driver worked fine which allowed me to test it in a networked environment. I was quite happy with its overall performance on the L400. And, Liliputing’s article reminded me that I should do a bit of research to see if someone has tweaked Puppy Linux to run on an Acer Aspire One netbook with 512MB RAM and an 8GB SSD (solid state drive).