Ubuntu Hardy on my Acer Aspire One

I installed Ubuntu Hardy on my Acer Aspire One. Accidentally in fact.

I wanted to install the Ubuntu Netbook remix on an external USB disk on my AAO, using the image I found here http://oem-images.canonical.com/unr/. I booted the USB image. It warned me it would wipe my hard disk. Nevertheless I booted, and indeed, it started erasing my internal harddisk instead of my external one :-/ (I thought I would be able to choose a target hard disk; I wasn't.)

After the installation, my system wouldn't boot. So I decided to manually install Ubuntu, using the procedure on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne.

Everything seemed to work, except the webcam. And even after applying the various tweaks in the wiki article, the system still was slow.

I stil had a copy of the kernel configuration of the original Linpus installation. So I used that one to compile a new kernel, using the old kernel configuration. (See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Kernel/Compile#Alternate%20Build%20Method:%20The%20Old-Fashioned%20Debian%20Way ) I enabled LVM, because I use this on my external hard disk, for flexible partition management.

Booting the new kernel resulted in two problems. First of all klogd didn't start. Apparently kernel logging was not enabled in the original kernel. So I removed the klogd package, which removed sysklogd and ubuntu-minimal as well.

Sound didn't work either. I guess Ubuntu uses alsa, and linpus uses OSS or something. So I added alsa support to my kernel configuration, including the intel-hda sound thing. After adding this to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, sound was working:

options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

Now the system boots. To speed it up a little more, I installed xubuntu-desktop, so I can log on into an xubuntu session. I clicked 'Applications', 'Preferences', 'Configuration Manager', 'Autostarted Apps', and only left energy manager, volume management and network manager checked. (My printer isn't supported anyway.)

That's how the system is configured right now. The webcam is not working, and there is probably room for a lot of improvements. My current kernel config is attached.


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