The Linux version of the Acer Aspire One mini-laptop comes with a customized version of Linpus Linux Lite, a  Linux distro designed to be easy to use on a computer with a small scren. Like the Easy Mode version of Xandros Linux that Asus installs on Eee PCs, Linpus Linux Lite presents you with a series of large icons for the programs you use most frequently. If you don’t like it, you can always wipe the operating system clean and replace it with Ubuntu, Windows, or another operating system of your choice. Or you can just gently tweak the program launcher interface to make it a bit easier to use.

Register Hardware has a tutorial for modifying the Acer Aspire One Linux user interface. You can change the desktop background, rearrange program icons, or change their labels, among other things. Make sure to backup your settings before getting started, or you may find yourself with a rather awkward and borderline unusable system if something goes wrong. But if you follow the step by step instructions there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.

via All About Eee PC

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5 replies on “Tweaking the Acer Aspire One Linux user interface”

  1. How do you change the background on the Aspire One acer laptop.

  2. The best customization is to get rid of that Linpus crap and install Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10.

    Believe me, I’ve tried both and UNR kicks ass. And you’d better give a try to Moblin too. It seems nearly as limited as Linpus to me, but at least it looks übercool enough to kick the shit out of a Mac.

  3. Just bought an AspireOne yesterday. Took me about 30 minutes to get extremely annoyed and bored with the pre-installed Linpus (or something) on it. Spend this entire day reading and downloading and installed Ubuntu Remix on it. I can recommend every AspireOne user to check it out and get rid of the stupid crippled Acer installation that comes with this machine. Only a real Linux can show the full potential of this wonderful little machine! 😀

    I don’t know what they were thinking over there at Acer. First Linpis, then Windows? What will the next generation be running, Palm OS? Come on!

  4. Why not some easy to use programs similiar to what is available for the EEE PCs like Tweakee or Easy Mode Editor? Having to deal with script just scares people away from making useful changes in Linpux IMO.

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