Monday, April 20, 2009

Acer Aspire One with Fedora 10 and LXDE

wirelessList.pngI continue to get good value out of the Acer Aspire One netbook I wrote up a while back.

Had a go at installing the beta of Fedora 11 but regrettably it's not ready for prime time just yet. It does look like it will be good though.

After that dead end I went back and installed Fedora 10 and switched to the light weight LXDE desktop. Count me impressed. It's not just "extremely faster" as they quaintly say but the wireless re-connection and scanning seems to work much better than Fedora with Gnome which I find to be annoyingly slow.

I fired it up on the bus this afternoon and found that it had gathered a wonderful list of networks as we travelled. (Reminds me of the early days of wireless back in Hong Kong when many of them were open and you could check your email while stopped at the lights in a cab).

Not everything works and despite my best efforts I couldn't configure it to use a high resolution external screen today.

LXDE was easy to install from within the Fedora Add/Remove software system.

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