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Old 07-05-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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How to install Linux on an Acer Aspire One ZG5


Hi, I would like to start using Linux again after a long time and would appreciate some advice on which is a good version for an old netbook and how to download and install it using a USB stick. I have heard about Puppy Linux, but don't know which version to try or how to go about installing it. Thank you.
 
Old 07-05-2020, 12:23 PM   #2
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Hi, I would like to start using Linux again after a long time and would appreciate some advice on which is a good version for an old netbook and how to download and install it using a USB stick. I have heard about Puppy Linux, but don't know which version to try or how to go about installing it. Thank you.
Welcome to LQ.

Visit the puppy site, download an iso file, follow their instructions how to make that image bootable on a USB stick, boot your netbook from that USB and decide if you like it before you install.

Rinse and repeat with other distros.

I've used Mint and Ubuntu on some netbooks.
 
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I think I used to have the same model.
At the time, Archlinux still supported 32 bit and I used that.
If I had that device again (I wish I had!) I'd put something more conservative on it, and lightweight of course, possibly antiX based on Debian Stable.
 
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Thanks for your replies. Someone has also mentioned trying Lubuntu. How do I know which version of Puppy or Lubuntu to install?
 
Old 07-10-2020, 01:41 AM   #5
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Thank you everyone.

Last edited by Simbo1; 07-10-2020 at 01:45 AM. Reason: Repeated post by mistake
 
Old 07-10-2020, 09:37 AM   #6
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SD card boot is disabled on ZG5 as far I remember before I gave mine to my father-in-law.

Why? I don't know. There is no bios upgrade to fix that either. So if wanting to boot sd card because you don't have a usb drive. I used to use a usb adapter to sd card reader like so.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/J~4AA...id/s-l1600.jpg

Atom processor will be the choke point for large main stream browser usage. I think if Acer was a XP version and single core atom cpu . Those need 32 bit isos. So that is something to consider also.

That leaves out a lot choices lately. Especially for newbies with older gear.

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The 32 bit version uses a non-pae kernel.
Won't be needed < pae kernel > on a zg5. 2 gig is max ram on those.

My recommend is
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antiX-full (c1.1GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.
over here

https://sourceforge.net/projects/antix-linux/

Then go over here

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ant...inal/antiX-19/

pick

antiX-19.2_386-full.iso

Install instructions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNf9-GRr_8M&t=29s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5lgdxYi5Ro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUicofUy3Bk

Good luck and happy Trails.
 
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Old 07-10-2020, 09:43 AM   #7
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If wanting to use Puppy Linux. Keep in mind the you need 32 bit.

Java script in browser needs to be enabled to use this search engine

https://rockedge.org/psearch/

This one I don't know. Try it out to find out.

https://puppysearch.neocities.org/#gsc.tab=0

https://ibb.co/gZ8Zw7T >>>> example picture

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Old 07-10-2020, 02:40 PM   #8
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would appreciate some advice on which is a good version for an old netbook and how to download and install it using a USB stick. I have heard about Puppy Linux, but don't know which version to try or how to go about installing it. Thank you
Go to the Puppy website and download a 32 bit iso. There are a few choices but as long as it's 32 bit...

On a working PC; Windows, Mac or Linux, download and install Etcher which will convert your iso to a bootable USB or SD card. Again note the 32/64 bit choices!

Run Etcher, You have to point it at the downloaded iso. Provided you've got a USB pen drive (8Gb or thereabouts, it'll take the whole drive so bigger ones will have a load of wasted space. You can re-format it back to it's original size later if you want.) If you have only one USB pen drive plugged in it should find it itself otherwise you may have to select one. BE CAREFUL!

Hit "flash" and it'll write and verify the image to the pen drive.

Plug the pen drive into the Acer and boot it from USB (you may have to hold down <Escape> or something to bring up a boot menu.)

The iso will run as a live system in memory so nothing's damaged OS wise. If you like it there's an "Install" option available but I believe Puppy may be better suited for running as a live Distro. (Where did I read that?)

I'm checking out my old 32 bit Atom powered EEE PC 1001HA at present so am going down the same path. Only unfortunate thing so far is that Netflix runs like a three legged donkey! Good Luck!

Play Bonny!

 
  


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