Sunday, September 14, 2008

How to install programs in Acer Aspire One



I strongly suggest to give Ubuntu Easy Peasy a try. Installation is really easy, everything works out of the box, it comes with everything you need (codecs, programs) and installing new programs is VERY easy, without the limitations of Linpus Lite.


Follow the next simple steps to add programs to Acer Aspire One:
  1. press alt+f2 or go to Files->My Documents to open the File Manager and then go to File->Terminal.



  2. In the terminal type: xfce-setting-show
  3. Click Desktop, then go to Behaviour tab
  4. Enable "Show desktop menu on right click"
  5. Right clicking on the desktop will now give you more options.
  6. Click System-> Add/Remove Software
  7. Give your password
You will see the available software and can choose to install anything that is on that list. You must be connected to the Internet, so it can download the programs and install them for you. Have fun!



If it asks for root password you can set it the following way:
Go to Files->My Documents to open the File Manager and then go to File->Terminal.

To change root password, first you must become root:
sudo su

and change the password with the command:
passwd

When you type this command nothing will appear as you type your password. No ******* and the cursor won't move either.


I strongly suggest to give Ubuntu Easy Peasy a try. Installation is really easy, everything works out of the box, it comes with everything you need (codecs, programs) and installing new programs is VERY easy, without the limitations of Linpus Lite.



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

this info is good and i thank you for taking the time to write it, but i have had problems installing anything through the add manager, most of the programs listed have dependency error's, although gnome ppp did work in order to get my usb internet 3g to work...

i just thought i'd post to see if anyone else has had these problems

Mark said...

hi, I'm using the linpus linux lite ver. 9.4. I followed the procedure above on how to access the add/remove programs list, the thing is after i've done this there is still no menu at the desktop after i pressed the right click. is there any more procedures on how i can install programs in linpus linux? thank you guys im quite new in using linux...

Anonymous said...

i too am struggling and wondering why the hell i didnt stick with whati know and fork out the extra cash for the xp version!! damn you cheap laptop!! anyhoo any help would be wicked as i want to install numerous programs but dont seem to be able to :-(

L said...

Try this: press alt+f2 and type
sudo synaptic

Sorry, but i have not bought an Aspire One yet(i tried what i wrote in a friend's Aspire...) I'll have one before Christmas and i will test it much more and give new tips.

wayoutthere said...

I followed a link here from L4Linux...you nailed it and so far so good-THANKS! I'm using linpus-l-lite...apsire one-n so far...nice...

ollie said...

at the terminal i typed sudo su which worked then i typed passwd and it worked then it wouldn't let me type the new password how do i do it??

Anonymous said...

hey guys this has got ten me a long way from where i was (knowing nothing!) and my son loves the games i have installed from the list and i have managed to install stellarium from the web. VLC however still says "nothing to do".. any ideas?

thanks

L4Linux said...

I will make a new post very soon, on how to install Ubuntu for netbooks. Really easy, wifi worked out of the box and it is Ubuntu, which means it is extremly easy to install everything.
I find pre-installed Linpus very limiting.

Anonymous said...

I put the command xfce-setting-show

but it then writes env: xfce-mcs-manager: No such file or directory

L4Linux said...

After several tries with pre-installed Lipus Lite, I got fed up of its limitations and installed Ubuntu Easy Peasy instead, which truly rocks!! Or try
Ubuntu Netbook Remix. I'll post on Ubuntu NBR soon. Installation should be exaclty the same as Easy Peasy.

Cray Cool gadgets said...

I own AAO. In fact, I'm writing this comment from this amazing laptop. U own the 3G version. I was frustrated that after installing the windows that came with the laptop, I needed to visit the acer's website in order to install the 3g broadband drivers.

Anyway, I recommend an alternative operating system. It's free, it's pretty fast and it looks damn great. It's called Jolicloud (google it). 3g drivers were installed automatically.

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