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Old 01-18-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Smile Need Help with Linpus Linux Lite


I am having trouble with the interface. I can not download or when I think I have it is no where to be found?? Also its not easy to get around with this interface. I thought I had downloaded GIMP, I never found it on the desktop or in downloads. Is there another OS I can use with Acer Aspire One, Because this one is not doing the job!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-19-2009, 12:40 AM   #2
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ok, slow down. I'm not familiar with Linpus, but that should be okay. First off, the interface is made for people who don't like interfaces. A little too simple for me. Are you in Simple mode or desktop mode?
For linux, when you are downloading from a browser, it is probably going to your home directory. That'll be in... /home/YOURNAME.

Linpus uses apt-get, so if you used that to download GIMP (apt-get install gimp), it should be automatically installed. You may have used synaptic to do this as well. You can open a terminal window and type gimp (or something like that) to run it. Of course, I don't know where the terminal window is in Linpus.

If you want a more traditional feel, use ubuntu or kubuntu. They're wonderfully supported and work well on laptops. Here's a link I found on another forum site...

http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/lin...ll-ubuntu.html

Should help you. Just remember, if you install ubuntu and you don't like it, you can always reinstall linpus. I would suggest you give it another chance, though. Poke around for GIMP. Linux is a learning experience!
 
Old 01-19-2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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I just got an Acer Aspire One as well and am a complete Linux novice so it will take me a while to learn how to use it properly. The os is based on the Linpus lite but there is no option to use the desktop or simple set up. Acer have their own simple front end.

It is a smart looking netbook and is ideal for someone who just wants to connect to the internet and uses open office. The handbook is next to useless and doesn't even mention that by pessing 'alt F2' you get a run window and no help is given to explain downloading via linux.

On a visit to the Acer site they were offering a discount on McAfee AV for the Aspire but I thought that wasn't needed on a linux system or am I wrong. Also is a firewall needed.
 
Old 01-19-2009, 09:01 AM   #4
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Anti-virus isn't really 'needed' on Linux systems but there are anti-virus programs available and you can use them. Most systems (Linux) have come with a firewall. You may have to acativate it but I don't know about Linpus?
 
Old 01-19-2009, 09:39 AM   #5
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Linpus-Lite is based on Fedora, so I think you are mistaken when you state that it uses apt-get..

Some useful Links for Aspire One users.

30 Cool Hacks for Acer Aspire One
The first hack here is for Advanced mode and will get you to the package manager for Linpus-Lite so you can add or remove software.
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Under System you will find Add/Remove Software which is the Red Hat/Fedora Packet Manager.
Official Aspire One User Forums - You will probably be able top get the most help with Linpus Lite at the official forums.


IF you are somewhat experienced with Linux you most certainly can install a Different OS on your Acer Aspire One. I choose to install Debian on mine because that is my preferred Distro. Much nicer for me..


Here are some links to various Distro installation HOW-TO's for the Acer Aspire One.
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianAcerOne
slackware 12.1
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Acer_Aspire_One
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne
http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Acer_Aspire_One_A110L
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_on_the_Aspire_One
http://www.foresightlinux.org/mobile.html
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Enjoy your new netbook !!
 
Old 01-19-2009, 11:02 AM   #6
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Really, it uses apt-get. And, it has RPMs. I'm using TinyMe right now, and they do the same thing. Threw me for a loop as well.
 
Old 01-19-2009, 03:01 PM   #7
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Must be apt4rpm, I think I played with that on redhat 7 or 8 before I switched to Debian.
first thing I did to my Aspire One was remove the OS it came with and install Debian, it made me feel so much more at home

Linpus made me feel like I was wearing a strait jacket while trying to navigate the tubes of the interweb at highspeed. I couldn't force myself to use an OS that made me feel so restricted. I can understand the interface for the market, and for the new user, to make the Aspire one operate more like a computing Appliance rather than a Computer, but I'm not part of that targeted market.

Would be nice is linpus-lite would get Something/ANYTHING on their website about their Distro. it's sorely lacking documentation of any kind. The best source is forum posts and various how-to's spread all across the web,.

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