Originally Posted by nhef1
I hijacked someone else's thread and have already been chastised (in a kindly way!) for it, so I'll try again.
This is an edited version of that posting.
All I know is I have an Acer Aspire One which runs Linux - what breed of Linux I do not know. I know how to find BIOS details etc off Windows but not off Linux.
The main problem is that as it's such a small machine, there is no cd drive and to install software/drivers etc I need a cd drive... even to install a usb cd drive -If I buy a usb cd drive, how do I know if it will have a Linux driver? I can't afford to get one and hope.
It's pointless quoting different programmes such as Ubunto etc which I have heard of but only in the way that I have heard of financial stability. They are unknowns quantities.
So why did I get a Linux machine? It was cheaper and I am out of love with MS at the present.
Wireless and cable connection to broadband is no problem, a usb mouse, memory sticks etc are fine so basically it works. There is software which I would like to put on but it is on a cd.
The Acer web site makes no mention of Linux even though it sells machines with Linux on them.
Apple is no help when it comes to iTunes either.
Is there a decent easy to understand Linux basics book? I don't want to get into programming etc and have to admit I like the ease of Windows but - - !
There are quite a few of these small Linux run machines on the market now as it makes less demand on the machine but what's the point if it can't be used as the owner wants to use it?
Please don't make me have to go to MS....
Welcome to LQ.org. I did not understand a lot of things on your post (such as financial stability of Ubuntu, etc), but I will answer what I did understand:
"I know how to find BIOS details etc off Windows but not off Linux."
To find out which bios you have, you have two options:
1 - Boot your computer and press a key during mem check (usually "delete", but it may be one of the F-keys too). I am not sure which one for your machine, but it usually shows you a message, similar to "Press <key> to setup".
2 - Open a terminal when running Linux and type:
(you will be asked for your password)
The first lines of that command usually tells you which bios you have.
"If I buy a usb cd drive, how do I know if it will have a Linux driver?"
USB devices are surprisingly well supported in Linux. The latest Ubuntu even detects my USB Xbox 360 joypad, while Windows itself need drivers. To play it safe, make sure you have a recent kernel. To do it, open a terminal and type:
My is: Linux 2.6.24-19-generic
Another good idea is to find which USB device you are interested in purchasing and google its model + linux.
"Apple is no help when it comes to iTunes either."
iTunes is only available for Windows and MacOS. If you want a good music player for Linux, look for rhythmbox or amarok.
"There are quite a few of these small Linux run machines on the market now as it makes less demand on the machine but what's the point if it can't be used as the owner wants to use it?"
Again, I am not familiar with your machine. In fact, this is the first time I hear of it. If the OS they ship with is anything like the one used in Asus little EEE, I'd highly recommend you to download and install Xubuntu instead. The default one for EEE is pretty much useless in my honest opinion.
Google for "Acer Aspire One Ubuntu"
And another advice, I would not spend money with a USB cd drive if I were you. You don't need one to install Linux. At least my friend didn't use one to install Ubuntu on his Asus.
Just a thought.