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    Acer Iconia

    Has anyone checked this notebook out yet? It's pretty slick however does not have an optical drive due to it being crammed with creamy touch-screen goodness. Anyone try to load any flavor of Linux on it yet?

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    Quote Originally Posted by CFury View Post
    Has anyone checked this notebook out yet? It's pretty slick however does not have an optical drive due to it being crammed with creamy touch-screen goodness. Anyone try to load any flavor of Linux on it yet?
    I've tried at at the resellers still running windows. It looks good, but it acts bad - no way you'd be able to type for a long time and with any significant speed, gaming will be a pain as well. I have a premonition linux would be a pain to run on it as most of it's functionality is provided by a variety of software tools that run under the YouKnowThatOS !
    ...if only there was an UNDO in real life...

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    Yes.

    I put 10.10 netbook edition last night. I simply followed the instructions for downloading and using the usb flash drive utility and installed thusly--no CD required.

    It seemed to install fine for the most part, though I ran into some trouble with the network connections configuration. It seemed to partly lock up that application, so that I could only alt-f4 out of it--mouse-click input (or touch input) no longer worked anywhere...until I exited the utility.

    Unfortunately, the unit went blind on me before the night was through, so I didn't get a chance to check it out some more.

    Thoughts: The built-in Windows 7 O/S is significantly more than it can handle--very laggy. What little I got to try with Ubu-netbook seemed much better. Overall I think it will be a keeper once repaired or replaced.

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    HI,

    I bought the Acer Iconia a few weeks ago. I have to agree with previous post about OS that is provided together with it, it's a bit slow.

    I installed 10.10 a few days after buying it. At first, neither the Ethernet card nor the WiFi worked but I first got the Broadcom Wireless driver from here : http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

    Then I got the Ethernet Atheros Ethernet to work following the following : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1677122

    Unfortunately only 1 screen works ( the top one ). When I activate the bottom one, it keeps flashing. The touch screen doesn't work either, as soon as I touch the screen, then the left click of my external mouse ( Logitech USB cordless desktop ) doesn't work anymore.

    I updated to 11.04 beta, it did not help.

    I know very little about X Server, any help with the screens would be very appreciated.

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    Sorry I haven't been keeping up with the thread, I guess I'm not subscribed. How is Linux doing with touchscreen devices? I haven't really kept up with the cutting edge stuff as the last new notebook I purchased was for my (now ex) wife. And as we all know it works great on older hardware!

    I was just curious as I think it's time I buy myself a new one. My 6 year old notebook is great, but runs out of steam quickly. And the newer one I inherited from her (after my generous gift) has a faulty board which makes the optical drive useless. All in all it doesn't have to be the Iconia, but I think I'd like to have touchscreen capabilities.

    Thanks again,
    C

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    So far I have to say it's pretty grim. The touchpad functionality is very limited. No pinch zoom, no 2-finger scroll in 11.04 (the package for it crashes), and no good soft keyboard!

    I really do fear for Ubuntu in the long run if they don't get this right and soon. Linux may not be Windows, and it may not be Android either, but both have gottem much further along in this space and appear to have thought it out much more thoroughly.

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    hi!

    are you guys talking about the W500 or the A500? cause I would like to install ubuntu on my A500, is it possible?

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    Quote Originally Posted by realizee View Post
    hi!

    are you guys talking about the W500 or the A500? cause I would like to install ubuntu on my A500, is it possible?
    I want do so too.

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1094237

    there's a guide there for install of a distrubution called Backtrack 5, they say it's based on Ubuntu.

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    Re: Acer Iconia

    Go to debian packages and download mtpf package. Then go to Ubuntu software store and install gmtp. My Iconia a500 work great. This to mount the tablet
    Last edited by nicole drake; October 2nd, 2011 at 06:28 PM.

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