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Old 28. Apr 2010, 02:20 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I have an Aspire One (model ZG5) with a SSD. I have tried several of the linux distros designed for the Acer Aspire One.

Moblin boot speed of 5 to 10 seconds depending on your model is nice, but Moblin by itself is a bit limited. Moblin 2.0 ran very smoothly on my netbook. There is also a OpenSuse moblin remix and a Ubuntu Moblin remix that are full featured. Both being based on Moblin 2.1 kept having kernel errors and crashes on my Acer as did the plain Moblin 2.1. The Moblin re-mixs lost their fast boot speeds and thus their appeal for me. It may have been an incompatibility with my particular model but the Ubuntu version took almost two minutes to boot. In all the versions all the hardware worked out of the box, and battery life was very good.

Ubuntu Netbook remix 9.10. Boot time was about 1 minute. Once up an running most everything worked smoothly. All the hardware worked out of the box as well. My two main complaints were that flash video in any browser was very choppy, and battery life was not all that good.

EasyPeasy. Worked well, but had the same video issues. A bit better than Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Battery life was a little better I think. Nothing extraordinary here, but is a full featured OS. Uses the Netbook Remix GUI.

Linux4one. Don't remember much about this one. It was not overly impressive I guess.

Kuki Linux
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Next ones I am planing on trying are Ubuntu 10.4 as it is supposed to have superior boot times (3.6 sec. )for SSD's and I also will probably try Jolicloud. I am also thinking about trying Mandriva. When it is ready I will probably tinker with Meego but suspect it might have the kernel problems I experienced with Moblin 2.1.

Here is a great list of netbook tuned distros. http://www.linux-netbook.com/linux/distributions
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Old 28. Apr 2010, 11:15 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I'm choosing Ubuntu because it definitely supports the software I need. Also waiting for 10.04, which happens to be released on my birthday! (unless some serious bug occurs)
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Old 29. Apr 2010, 10:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
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It's here! Not labeled LTS though.. Still, hope the improvements will be worth the wait.
How is this version of Ubuntu being supported for anyways?
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Old 30. Apr 2010, 06:00 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Really like the newer version, albeit the gui didn't really improve.
The speed is great, took less than 20 seconds to boot and autologin (plus I added a ramdisk for /tmp). Really impressed with all the features and software compatability.

Definitely a keeper for me!
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Old 02. May 2010, 12:40 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Wow, it's harder than I thought, had to use the Terminal a lot.
Also made mistakes along the way, but I finally finished getting everything essential on it.

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Old 27. Jun 2010, 11:24 PM   #26 (permalink)
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OK, some more points to add. I do not install any codec pack, they are really unnecessary, I have found.

To play DIVX or avi movies, you can install the XVID codec. Its very small and works really well. If some movies still do not work, then you can install the DIVX codec. Mind you, only the codec, because if you get the DIVX bundle, it is a large install. For sound, you can install the AC3 codec. It takes care of sound for most movies, and is really small. For playing real media, and quick time media formats, you can install Real Alternative, and Quick Time Alternative.


If the file has downloaded correctly, and is good... but still not able to play, then you should either download the Xvid codec, or DivX codec. One of this codec is required to be on the system, in order to play AVI movies. __________________


Hello again Anupam, (Above in BOLD)

Is the above not the exact opposite to what you told me?
I too have an Acer Aspire 29302 and yes it's full of crap i cant get rid of. Its only a 2g so space is at a premium. I need a word program to edit my c.V. as i'm looking for work, but i cant get the office suite removed.The only things ive managed to delete are the games.I dread to think of the amount of stuff i cant see.I've had to system restore twice as i have had maLaware problems, so i'l need the room to install some decent protection. I have AVG 0.9 at present. I dont like vista and we tried to remove it and install XP but again we failed. Is there a quick fix that a novice like myself could tackle? I hate to keep bothering my brother as he has "Found Love" and therefore useless at present lol.

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Hello again Anupam,

Is the above not the exact opposite to what you told me?
I too have an Acer Aspire 29302 and yes it's full of crap i cant get rid of. Its only a 2g so space is at a premium. I need a word program to edit my c.V. as i'm looking for work, but i cant get the office suite removed.The only things ive managed to delete are the games.I dread to think of the amount of stuff i cant see.I've had to system restore twice as i have had maLaware problems, so i'l need the room to install some decent protection. I have AVG 0.9 at present. I dont like vista and we tried to remove it and install XP but again we failed. Is there a quick fix that a novice like myself could tackle? I hate to keep bothering my brother as he has "Found Love" and therefore useless at present lol.

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Try PC Decrapifier to remove all the junk. Also use CCleaner after that.

As for AVG, it's not doing so well these days. Avira, Avast, MSE, and Panda Cloud are better imo.

As for good security setup advice:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-...re-your-pc.php
http://dev.urltrim.com/secwiz
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Thank you so much,
I'm trying to locate a download for opencandy right now as the one that came in the mediainfo package didnt work.

again many thanks.

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To play DIVX or avi movies, you can install the XVID codec. Its very small and works really well. If some movies still do not work, then you can install the DIVX codec. Mind you, only the codec, because if you get the DIVX bundle, it is a large install. For sound, you can install the AC3 codec. It takes care of sound for most movies, and is really small. For playing real media, and quick time media formats, you can install Real Alternative, and Quick Time Alternative.
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If the file has downloaded correctly, and is good... but still not able to play, then you should either download the Xvid codec, or DivX codec. One of this codec is required to be on the system, in order to play AVI movies.
Above two posts of mine are not opposite, or conflicting? Please point out why you feel so? .

In both of them, I have told that, if you are not able to play AVI movies, then you should install the Xvid Codec, or the DivX codec. I install Xvid codec, because its small in size and works well. But, some AVI movies require DivX codec, so it can be installed too. It comes bundled with DivX player... so its quite heavy... but I think you can choose not to install the player, or other things... just the codec. The codec may be available as standalone, but I am not sure, or don't remember.

As J.L. said, AVG is not considered to be a good antivirus nowadays. You can install the others which J.L. suggested.

2 GB hard disk is too small to work with. I don't know how you are able to manage things on it. Its too hard.

If you require a Word like software to work on, you can try Jarte, or Abiword. Both are very good.

Please do not install OpenCandy. Its not needed to run MediaInfo. Its an extra piece of software which comes bundled with MediaInfo. Its better not to select it, when you install MediaInfo.
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