Acer Aspire one – Tips

The Acer aspire one netbook runs a modified version of Redhat Linux called Linpus.
This is the fastest booting Linux I have seen, it is ready for use 20 seconds after pressing the on button.
Wireless setup was straight forward using the network manager launched from the icon on the task bar. All that was needed was to enter the SSID and the key. Although I did have to switch the router to WEP encrytion to get it to work.

Getting control

Hold down the ‘Alt’ key and press the ‘F2’ key to get a run box.
In the run box type

terminal
this produces a command line terminal. Terminal is preferable to xterm because it is easier to increase the font size from the tiny size set as standard.
Once you have the terminal, you have complete control of the machine by using sudo for super user access.
To paste commands which have been copied from a web page into the terminal, hold down the shift key and press the insert key (bottom left/top right)
To change the ‘root’ password in the terminal, type

sudo supasswd
then type in your new password at the prompt.
To start the package manager to add and remove programs, type

sudo pirut
To start the file manager for access to system files, type

sudo thunar
To edit system files, type

sudo mousepad
The first system file altered was the:- /usr/bin/xkb_plugin_set_xorg.sh script, with

sudo mousepad /usr/bin/xkb_plugin_set_xorg.sh
where two lines were switched to give a UK keyboard which previously had kept defaulting to US. On the two lines at the bottom of the file,
switch gb,us to just us
switch just us to gb,us
this is how it reads now:-

;;en_GB.UTF-8):sed -e ‘/XkbLayout/c\ Option “XkbLayout” “us”‘ /etc/X11/xorg.conf > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

;;*):sed -e ‘/XkbLayout/c\ Option “XkbLayout” “gb,us”‘ /etc/X11/xorg.conf > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak;;
To change the programs/icons on the program start launcher (home view)

sudo mousepad /home/user/.config/xfce4/desktop/group-app.xml

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