Ubuntu on Asus/Acer netbooks

Brian McKee brian.mckee at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 21:00:17 UTC 2009

On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Nik N <niknot at gmail.com> wrote:
> If anybody reading this has successfully installed Ubuntu on either
> Asus or Acer 10"-screen "netbook" (Asus EEEPC, Acer Aspire One), I
> would much appreciate hearing the details, such as: which make/model
> netbook, which version of Ubuntu and which, if any, peripherals ARE
> NOT fully operational.

I have an Aspire One (zg5 aoa150 came windows, 160gig ide drive).
I'm running Hardy.

Sound is flakey (works one time, not the next - no rhyme nor reason)
Had to self compile alsa to get it working at all.
Card reader slot on left isn't working. Slot on right is (IIRC)
It complains it isn't suspending right, but actually seems to be, so
maybe the message is in error? (haven't chased it)
Latest kernel update (-23?4?) seems to crash it on boot every time,
but one previous always works.
Haven't chased that either.  Cheese doesn't work if Compiz is on.
Dunno if that means webcam doesn't work with Compiz - I've only ever
tried it with Cheese.
Without Compiz Cheese works perfect.

I gather Intrepid works quite a bit better.  I've left it Hardy for
now to make it the same as the desktops at work.
One of these days I'll install Jaunty (triple boot) or Easy Peasey and
see how that is.

I know that sounds pretty negative, but in spite of all that, I really
like it for what I use it for.
FWIW, it seems like the Dell works very well with Linux, but it's $$$
(kinda defeats the point to me)
IIRC, the Sylvania (Samsung? this is off the top of my head) seems to
be the best supported out of the box.
See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne for more info.


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