Aspire One

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We bough a 320USD Acer Aspire One, cheap Linpus edition but with the 160Gb drive alas, and only a three-cell battery: Neat, fine, small, elegant; it doesn't shout "CHEAP" like all these Asus out there. Actually, it's classier and seemingly better built than my 1.000USD Core2Duo laptop... Sitting next to an EeePC 701, those Eee are well built I must say, with a 'serious' mat-black, angled look. I see why my wife prefers the Acer, and why I find the very little Asus arch-cool.

Back to the Aspire One, the original Linpus agenda: The PITA effect:

After the Fedora Servers compromission one or two years ago, they had to move stuff around and renew their GPG keys, rename their repos and all that... But some HowTos out there on the net date back to before that, since Linpus is based on the now deprecated Fedora 8... And so lots of dependencies went broken because you try to follow instructions, believe a repository is available but is not: You need to install the new fedora-release package like this:

 sudo yum install fedora-release

So the issue is that most post from before the 'invasion' will guide you through false information on how to retrieve for instance VLC; some later posts just assumed there was the usual limitation regarding non free software and push you to install extra repos that will be out of sync, hence unable to find dependencies, anyway.

And for your own sake, use common sense: I've seen a post out there saying that Linpus is build out of Fedora 7 but it's not, it's Fedora 8! Go to and follow the actual info from the actual provider rather than contradictory posts in any 'netbook rage' forum. And that is, only if you want something that is not available in the base repos.

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Screen incredibly bright. Cool keyboard for the size.

WebRadio works, be it


or just plain with VLC

.avi, .mpg, .mkv and .flv video works, but without the xfce compositor

Skype works (so far) with webcam - but these tends to brake down right when you need it so...

The Update process wasn't Data-Plan Melting, but then I don't update stuff that works, only the ones I read about having a documented failure or softs that doesn't behave as expected.

The RecoveryProcess over USB works, albeit not from SD


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