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Old 01-23-2009, 05:19 AM   #1
helencon21
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Angry linpus cant download anything


Hi, i got a aspire one with linux linpus on for xmas. the problem is i cant download ANYTHING to it, i cant find any alternatives to itunes either, its just awful. I dont want to have to exchange for windows but there doesnt seem to be anything downloadable to a linpus, and when i try it simply say this pathway is missing etc please HELP, i was so excited about my new notebook and it feels like a BIG letdown! xx
 
Old 01-23-2009, 05:36 AM   #2
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Hi Helen,
Sorry about your problems. Some quick questions:
1. are you sure you have an internet connection? (for example,does your browser work normally and can you send and receive email normally?)
2. Can you be more specific about exactly how you are trying to download something and what is the exact response of your system (you might want to write it down when it happens). The more information you give the easier it will be to solve your problem.

I'm not sure what iTunes is but I guess it is some sort of media player. If that's true then there are loads of alternatives. My favourite is amarok but there are many others to suit every taste.

Hope this helps,
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:41 AM   #3
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First, please reconsider: It's Linpus Linux you're talking about; it's obvious that without any additional tools, Win apps won't run on it. And even with the main tool (it's called WINE), some will, some won't. The best way to cope with this is to *learn* how things are done the GNU/Linux way - and specifically from within Linpus Lite. There are guides for this, some of them installed on your system. And for starters, it always pays to search the web - the link I provide was on Google's first result page...

To install additional software, you'll have to use a software called yum that's already installed on your netbook (you've got internet connection, I gather). However, the best and easiest way to get access to all the possibilities you've got is to apply a "hack" (or modification) first; see here:

http://www.aspireoneuser.com/2008/07...pus-mode-hack/

After that, adding/removing software should be doable from within a nice GUI app. WINE should be there to install, if not, the tools to compile it will be available.

As for alternatives for iTunes, there are several (I can't go as far as give you a recommendation, just names): Amarok (needs KDE libs), Rhythmbox (comes with GNOME, Banshee or Songbird (early development, but already nice); there are bound to be others. I've worked with both Amarok (on an Eee PC) and Rhythmbox; both did their job. One of those applications (at least, if not all of them) should also be available through your package management system. Look what you find in the list you'll have after applying the "hack".

M.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 07:57 AM   #4
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Acer Aspire One User Forum • View topic - How to Install Software on Linpus Linux
http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/v...3d1163cc05b566

Acer Aspire One User Forum • View topic - ITUNES AND SKYPE
http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/v...hp?f=23&t=5021
 
Old 01-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #5
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hi ive just tried amarok but there isnt a download symbol for linpus so what do i use? thanx 4 all the answers x
 
Old 01-23-2009, 03:07 PM   #6
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READ:
Acer Aspire One User Forum • View topic - How to Install Software on Linpus Linux
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The Linux Way
Linux comes with a system called Package Management. There is a program on the machine which maintains a list of what software is available, and downloads and installs it for you. In Linpus Linux, this package manager is called Pirut.

Getting Started
To start Pirut:

Either enable the right-click menus (see this thread: http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/v...f=13&t=28#p158). This is the better approach since software you install will generally be available from the right-click menu. Right-click on the screen, then select System -> Add/Remove Software from the menu.


Or start a run dialog (Alt-F2) and type 'pirut' in the dialog box and click OK.


Pirut asks you for your password: enter it and OK the box. Be aware that it takes some time for Pirut to come to life - it seems to create a full list of available software each time, rather than keeping a cache, so be patient at this point.
There is a entire forum just for the Aspire Acer One:
Acer Aspire One User Forum • Index page
http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/index.php
 
Old 01-25-2009, 05:26 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by helencon21 View Post
Hi, i got a aspire one with linux linpus on for xmas. the problem is i cant download ANYTHING to it, i cant find any alternatives to itunes either, its just awful. I dont want to have to exchange for windows but there doesnt seem to be anything downloadable to a linpus, and when i try it simply say this pathway is missing etc please HELP, i was so excited about my new notebook and it feels like a BIG letdown! xx
What you want to install in Linpus perhaps i can help you
if you need to download media player, amsn iTune and more on your Linpus please refer to the link below :
http://www.unixmen.net/index.php?opt...d=13&Itemid=20

You can also find more on the aspireone forum at :
http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/
 
Old 01-25-2009, 03:55 PM   #8
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Why dont you install ubuntu? It is a very nice alternative for the sucking linpus, that mostof its packages (fedora core 8 or lower) is outdated , such as aMSN , Firefox and so on. Check it out , thought it is not recommended for newbies, but we are here to help. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne
 
Old 01-26-2009, 02:47 PM   #9
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Ubuntu not recommended for newbies? I think I'm losing it...!

Helen, if you've got any means to get Ubuntu installed, do so. It's user-friendly in the very sense of the word - there's a slight learning curve at the beginning, but you'll most certainly be satisfied with the result of digging into it. Of course, there are alternatives, but if the point is to get over the troubles you're having (which have mostly to do with an overly dumped down system), Ubuntu is as fine a starting point to really get into GNU/Linux as everything else with the added benefit of being pretty common and having good support for new users.

If you want a capable system, do it. If you just expect nice big icons for everything, don't.

M.
 
Old 01-27-2009, 07:46 AM   #10
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@MoonMind For godsakes, do you think that this https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne is easy for a newbie, was I misunderstood?
Anyway I agree with you.
 
Old 01-27-2009, 08:31 AM   #11
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Actually installing pretty much any Linux on a netbook is probably a bit beyond most new Users. Theres a lot of tweaking and configuration file editing to get things working, possibly even custom driver compiling.

I have to agree with Andrew on this one. Helen is better off trying to learn Linpus Lite for the time being, Rather than leaping off the cliff and trying to install something else.

Step one is the advanced mode hack mentioned above which will get you to the Add/Remove Programs menu in Linpus Lite.

Check my Signature for more Links to Aspire One information.
 
Old 01-27-2009, 12:44 PM   #12
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farslayer the first link in your signature gives : Invalid Blog specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator
 
Old 01-27-2009, 12:59 PM   #13
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You should install OpenSuse... YaST makes things easier for any newbie!
 
Old 01-27-2009, 01:59 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andrew22 View Post
@MoonMind For godsakes, do you think that this https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne is easy for a newbie, was I misunderstood?
Anyway I agree with you.
andrew: You're right, I got carried away (I *was* losing it). I was rambling in general terms - being not exactly a newbie anymore, I found installing Ubuntu on an Eee 701 pleasantly easy, but it really wasn't the first attempt at something similar (I installed GNU/Linux on more than a dozen machines), and the recipe for the Aspire One is pretty complete and hence, while addressing lots of issues, it's actually rather demanding.

Helen: farslayer's right. I'm sorry. I think - considering everything, especially the complexity of the descriptions I found - you shouldn't try to switch to Ubuntu (yet). I was only reading that a good result was possible - but achieving it means diving in on the deep side of the pool. I don't want to cause any additional harm or trouble.

Try the recipes (the links) that lead to more information about Linpus, just don't expect too much flexibility. To get a program working on any GNU/Linux machine means to make it fit - the easiest way is to choose a package that's ready-made for your system. This in turn means that you need to learn about "package management" in Linpus; if you don't understand what you read, ask as precisely as possible.

ceantuco: It's not a beauty contest (yet) I reacted in a insensible way because I (thoroughly) misread a post and didn't check a link. This is *not* about "which distro is best (for newbies)". When I told Helen to install Ubuntu, I was thinking about my personal a) experience (which was nice) and b) preference (which doesn't help Helen). I've got my reasons, you've got yours. We shouldn't be competing for a potential fan, it's most probably not helpful...

M.

Last edited by MoonMind; 01-27-2009 at 02:18 PM. Reason: Exaggeration corrected...
 
Old 01-27-2009, 02:46 PM   #15
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farslayer the first link in your signature gives : Invalid Blog specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator
Hopefully that is fixed now.. Thanks for the heads up, the link did work for me, but was an old post I had deleted.. ??? maybe I was seeing a cached version.
 
  


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