[sclug] Acer Aspire One

ed ed at s5h.net
Wed Oct 29 20:33:02 UTC 2008

On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 08:48:43PM +0000, Scott Rixon wrote:
> Hi all,
> Got my hands back on the Acer Aspire One this week and thought I'd give  
> you my first impressions. (If anyone cares??)
> If you haven't seen of these then I think you will be impressed at first  
> look. The screen is really nice, bright, clear, it looks amazing. It  
> closes nicely and generally feels very well made. I would never normally  
> recommend something with an Acer logo on to anyone but this feels the 
> part.
> Someone before me had tried to install XP on it! They had spend over 3  
> hours just trying to install service pack 3. It took15mins to boot and  
> was hardly usable.
> I took the opportunity to try Ubuntu on it. It installed fine but for me  
> took too long to boot. So I swapped back to the Acer tweaked OS  
> 'Linpus'. This boots in 15s, which sell this to me. It's great to click  
> the power button and see the OS appear almost immediately. It means you  
> don't mind shutting it down as it comes back on so fast. Battery life is  
> running at just over 3 hours with normal use and Wi-Fi always on, a  
> little less than I would like..
> I thought the standard mail app was slightly hopeless.. I configured it  
> for my IMAP server and it download a copy of the mail. No access to any  
> of my folders etc :(
> I have now installed Thunderbird and a small screen theme and I am very  
> happy. Even found out how to tweak the launch to add the icon.
> So far so good. I agree that 3G would be a good addition and I  
> understand that it's not far away but other than that it's a great  
> little device for under ?200.


That sounds great. I got an Advent 4211 (mostly because the keyboard
looks usable). It's got a reasonable Atom processor, 1gig memory, 80gig
disk. Sadly the battery life is a little limited at around two hours.

The wireless requires an rtl8187se module to be compiled (against the
ubuntu 8.04 kernel).

Bluetooth and audio worked out of the box.

It's a nice little netbook, but sadly I think there are better things
out there if you're willing to pay a little extra, such as the eeepc
that'd SD based with 8 hours of battery life.

There are additional batteries available which promise extended battery
life but that's at a cost.

The bread crumbs to the PS2 is making a weird noise  because of overloaded quake server.
Teleport is out to lunch.
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