[ubuntu-uk] Buying a Acer Notebook.....

Alec Wright alecjw at gmail.com
Mon Feb 2 17:27:42 GMT 2009


I got myself one of those. It's got a very dated an unattractive
looking interface, and firefox 2 beta. It runs a 2.4 kernel on a
MIPSEL processor. You cant reach the TTY or a graphical shell, andthe
pacakge management/upgrade system doesnt work. The OS is a lockdown so
you cant install anything else, except xenium linux which is hacked to
work on it. When I tried xenium, it made it permanently unbootable.
Then the battery exploded/melted. After a lot of arguing, i got a
refund, but only for the notebook itself, and not the 16 quid postage
both ways.

2009/2/2 Dr James Stevens-Turner <james at btguk.org>:
> John,
>
> Maplin are offering a laptop at £99.99 plus one at £129.99, with Linux on!
>
> James.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John
> To: British Ubuntu Talk
> Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 1:56 PM
> Subject: [ubuntu-uk] Buying a Acer Notebook.....
> I finally found a relatively cheap notebook with what seems like good specs,
> and was wondering what people though of it. The only thing it hasnt got is a
> dvd/cd player. I cant even find one that has. If anybody knows of a notebook
> that has one can they let me know?
>
> The specs are
>
> Acer Aspire One A150-Aw Netbook, Linpus Linux Lite version, 512MB DDR2 RAM,
> 120GB HD
>
> with a
>
> Kingston Technology 1GB 667MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL5 SODIMM
>
> Insert as an extra, the whole package costs £200.
>
> I wondered if that was a good deal, also I wondered how easy it would be to
> install Ubuntu on it. As it doesnt have a dvd/cd player, would Ubuntu work
> on it, and how would I install it?
>
> Thank you.
>
> John
>
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