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Old 10-12-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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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....

Hazel.
 
Old 10-12-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
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I managed to spot only two questions in your post. The one about how to install stuff from a CD and the one about the book. For the CD, you could mount it on another computer and then access it via the network from the Acer, or copy the contents to a USB flash drive and use sneakernet. If you wanna buy an external USB CD-ROM drive, have a look at the LQ HCL, or the HCL of whatever distro you plan to put on it. I would expect Acer to make some recommendations on their site. As for the GNU/Linux book, it shouldn't be any more difficult than going to a site like Amazon.com or whatever and doing a search.

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Old 10-12-2008, 10:29 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nhef1 View Post
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....

Hazel.
Hi nhef1,

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:
su or sudo (you will be asked for your password)
dmidecode

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:

uname -rs

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.

Good luck!
 
Old 10-12-2008, 10:48 AM   #4
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Almost all external CD-ROM drives will work flawlessly with Linux, so I wouldn't worry too much about that, just make sure it has a standard USB interface.

Programming on Linux is easier than on Window$, you probably already have plenty of development libs installed and gcc and python and all that. All you need is an IDE (if you want one), I recommend geany, it's small, light, and powerful. I use it as a text editor too.

A Linux basics book, try rute, it is one of the best:
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
and search google for lots more.

You want hardware info, most of it is available through /proc, but for a more integrated system try 'lshw', if it's not already installed get it here:
http://freshmeat.net/projects/lshw/

Oh, and to find out what distro you are running, maybe open a terminal and run:
Code:
cat /etc/*version
It's probably RedHat or Ubuntu.

Last edited by H_TeXMeX_H; 10-12-2008 at 10:50 AM.
 
Old 10-12-2008, 10:50 AM   #5
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There is a Hardware Compatibility List on this site.
There are Tutorials and training material on this site.
The internet is inundated with linux documentation and tutorials.
Hard Copy Books include the "For Dummies" series of course but I like the O'Reilly books.
If this is a new macine with a current copy of linux it should accept currently available USB CD drives. But, you could, if you could contact the Mfr of your Machine for a list of Compatible CD Drives.
Anothe possibility would be to go back to the folks that sold you the macine and ask them to recommend a compatible Drive.
To find the "Breed" of Linux you are running, you can "cat /etc/issue" at the command line.
 
Old 10-12-2008, 03:38 PM   #6
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Whenever I need to buy new hardware, I use google. Just type in the brand and model and "linux" or the name of a widely used distro.

Quote:
There is software which I would like to put on but it is on a cd.
If this is MS software, then you may be out of luck. Linux is not MS although there are a number of applications that will emulate windows, with varying results.

As pointed out by others, there is a wealth of information on the internet. For a basic book, the Wiley Bibles series is quite good (it has titles such as the Ubuntu Bible, the Fedora Bible, etc.). My personal favorite is A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux but that may be a lot more than you have in mind as it covers everything from installation and maintenance over scripting to setting up servers.
 
Old 10-12-2008, 04:23 PM   #7
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Check out the Aspire One Forum.

This is one example of how to install software.
 
  


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