Acer Aspire One

The Acer Aspire One is a netbook device I actually bought for myself and returned a couple of weeks later, but that I still consider the best overall netbook available mid-2008.

Many people mistakenly held the belief that its Linux version was closed (no apparent way to get some devices to work, no kernel packages, etc.). However, it is a pretty much standard Fedora 8 with heavy modifications, and it is possible to run a lot of standard packages (provided you do not replace GTK or the kernel).

You can get at a terminal using Alt+F2 and sudo bash to fiddle with yum repositories, and take it from there.

After a few tweaks, mine eventually looked like this:

This file contains all my customization notes and this is an askpass replacement I coded for using ssh-agent on it. Neither are likely to be further updated.

Sadly, there seems to be no Windows XP version with SSD, and there are many complaints of poor SSD performance under Windows – all listed part numbers for Windows mention a standard disk drive, which makes it somewhat unappealing.

Resources

Date Link Notes
2008
Nov 20 Packard Bell dot spotted in UK Yep. Exactly the same.
Nov 12 Acer’s Aspire One A110X Black Edition hits the streets of Germany Finally, a decent-looking SSD and battery combination.
Nov 1 a1ctl A chipset (fan and power) control utility for Windows
Oct 31 Ubuntu 8.10 on AspireOne110L Looks comprehensive enough.
Oct 8 Acer Aspire One redux One of the first reviews of the 150
Oct 7 SSD tweaks to help Windows XP performance With rumors of an upcoming revision with 16GB SSD and XP, this may yet prove useful
Sep 23 Packard Bell Announce their first Netbook The Packard-Bell version actually looks better
Sep 17 Flash BIOS v3304 More BIOS fixes
4 new mini-laptops – which is smallest, lightest, best? A comparative review in which the One (with extra battery) gets a good score despite the cavetats. No mention of fan noise issues, though.
Sep 5 Ten tweaks for a new Acer Aspire One Nothing really new, but I hadn’t seen the elevator=noop SSD tip published anywhere yet.
Aug 29 Aspire One HSDPA Support imminent So it appears that Acer is working on a connection manager of their own – nice going.
Aug 28 How to add RAM to the Acer Aspire One netbook This must be the new geek sport or something.
Aug 18 Acer Aspire One A110 The Register reaches mostly the same conclusions I did.
Aug 17 Modding the Acer Aspire One – Bluetooth You can solder a Bluetooth module inernally, if you’re brave…
Aug 12 Review: Acer Aspire One Ho-hum review, interesting comments about installing XP and disabling atime in NTFS.
5 things I like about the Acer Aspire One Nothing truly new, but interesting.
Aug 10 5 things I don’t like about the Acer Aspire One The video output limitations sure are disappointing, but that’s Linux for you.
Jul 30 Acer to launch a 6-cell battery for the Aspire One soon? Kinda late, but has a good comparison shot of both batteries
Jul 25 Official Acer Aspire One XP drivers available for download FTP site here
FCC Filing for ZG5 Loads of interesting shots on the ZG5 6-cell battery variant, including the user manual.
Jul 17 Acer Aspire one Not very informative
The Acer Aspire One Notebook Review Somewhat clueless, considering they couldn’t figure out Alt+F2 and sudo bash works…
Jul 10 Acer Aspire One Windows XP / Vista Drivers drivers for the base hardware: Chipset, LAN, WLAN, Graphics, Card Reader, Audio.
Jul 4 Acer Aspire One Unboxed and Disassembled Some interesting shots.
Acer Aspire One available in Europe Model numbers
Jul 3 Acer Aspire One Comparison shots with other subnotebooks
Jun 21 Aspire One Review Another shortish piece.
Jun 20 Acer Aspire One Full Review A slightly more comprehensive review.
Jun 17 Acer Aspire One Another review.
Jun 13 Acer Aspire One notebook review Shortish review, largely favorable.
Jun 12 Acer Aspire one: An In-Depth Look Pretty decent overview, including a small gallery.
Jun 9 VIDEO PROVA: Acer Aspire One Pretty decent video review with plenty of UI airtime that raises some odd questions. I wonder why they decided to build their own e-mail client, for one…
Jun 3 Acer Aspire One is quite literally ‘the one’ Comprehensive photo gallery.
Jun 3 Acer punts £199 Linux laptop The Reg likes it, despite the weak battery life.
More Details & First Impressions On Acer Aspire One Very short piece.
Acer’s Aspire One gets official Spec sheet.
Hands-on Acer’s Aspire One netbook A few shots.

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