[ubuntu-uk] Netbook Ubuntu v. plain Ubuntu

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 21:41:44 UTC 2011

On 4 February 2011 21:22, Dianne Reuby <pramclub at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> A friend has asked me to look at her husbands netbook, which is running
> Linux. He bought it from Tesco two years ago, so I think it probably
> *is* Ubuntu.
> His problems are mainly that it doesn't recognise USB devices when
> they're plugged in, and it downloads updates but doesn't install them.
> He wants to do more than email and web browsing, which is all he feels
> he can do at the moment (it has shortcuts on the desktop for email and
> firefox).
> If it's two years old, and he hasn't upgraded, will it be pre-Unity? As
> I've never used a netbook, only Ubuntu on desktops and laptops, will I
> be able to find my way around it?
> She thinks his cunning plan is to break it so he can buy a new one, but
> I don't want to be the one that breaks it! :)
At that age, and depending on the make, it might not be. The Acer Aspire
One, for example, uses a Fedora based distribution called Linpus Lite. If it
has a 'helper' desktop, there are still ways of starting a Gnome desktop on
it. For that matter you can install an up to date version of Ubuntu on it
using a pen drive. I think we need more information though.


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