Kuki Linux is a new custom Linux distribution designed to run on Acer Aspire One laptops. Like Linux4One, which is also an Aspire One-specific distro, Kuki Linux is based on Ubuntu. But there are a few things that make Kuki special.

First up, the operating system is small. The disc image is only about 400MB, and it doesn’t take up a ton of space on the Aspire One’s solid state disk. The latest version of Kuki is version 2.0 Alpha, but Kuki 3.0 should be ready soon and according to the developers it takes just 1.1GB of disk space and boots in 11 seconds. The user interface is based on the XFCE window manager and the operating system includes software like Firefox 3.0, MPlayer, Audacious, Pidgin, Abiword, and Gnumeric.

The Kuki servers got hammered yesterday after Distrowatch mentioned the site in its latest newsletter. The web page is up and running again but you might want to grab the latest release via bittorrent rather than trying to download it directly from the Kuki Linux servers.

via Small-Laptops

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12 replies on “Kuki Linux: Custom distro for the Acer Aspire One”

  1. Ok, I’m new to Linux and just installed Kuki on my Acer. My big question: How do you set the time?

    The time is correct in the system startup, and I selected Chicago as the time zone, as it didn’t have an option for Kansas City. It is 9:54 now, but the computer says it is 3:54?

    1. Once you hit on time zone, a 12 hour clock should pop up and just go from there. New? So am I, I just put eeebuntu on my Acer and it looks like that’s what i’ll be keeping. I’ve tried Fedora and it not bad, it’s great and very fast for internet. I’ve just downloaded Debian and think I’ll give it a try too.

  2. Well at least now I have a choice between Kiwi (Ubuntu), Mint 8, and Kuki. I’ve been playing around with a number of Linux systems for the past few months trying to find something that really appealled to me with fast boot up and apps I could really use. My Acer Aspire One came with winXP and it works after about a five minute boot time. Right now I’m using Kuki to post this and I’ve got to say I am enjoying this quite a lot. Gary S

  3. Just tried KUKI on my daughters hopelessly slow acer one running xp. It worked great – out of the box – wireless, hotplugging everything. After hours of tweekking other distro’s with no luck this one did the trick! I am writing this post on the included, rocket fast Midori Browser.

  4. Kuki means p*nis in Hungarian. You really can’t take these names seriously…

    1. Windows means sh*t in English.

      You really, really are taking naming far, far too seriously.

  5. What is with these names? Kuki and easy peasy? Hard to take the names seriously.

    1. Cookie or Apple?
      You find there is a difference?

      Heck, a cookie is at least an important (and at a time a controversial ) part of the web browsing experience.

      And Google made perfect sense as a name the first time you heard i?
      I’d call you a yahoo but I dont think youd understand because that’s one stupid name.

      That fugly desktop on Linux is called GNOME.

      We can do this all day if kuki/cookie disturbs you….

      I guess youll be to busy playing with you Wii.

  6. How much tweaking do you think it would take to get this to run on other netbooks. I have a Samsung NC10 (and had an Eee 1000H and a Eee 701 prior to that), and I’d really love to run Linux on it, but every distro I try boots slower than XP, and boot time is a big deal to me. That 11-second boot time sounds great and i would be willing to sacrifice some things to achieve that. Or maybe a dual boot?

    1. I guess the 11 seconds boot time is with the SSD version. And your NC10 only has a hard drive, right?

    2. I don’t think it would need much at all, I also have a eee PC 1000AH
      10 1/2″ screen and I’ll give it a shot and get back to you.

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