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Does anybody know if I can run Linux on an Acer Aspire One? I see from they shipped a version of it with Linux but was wondering if I can switch from Windows XP to any form of Linux?

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You can install every OS on any machine depending the hardware.

On your case, you can install Linux on an Acer laptop without any problems. Make sure you CD/DVD is bootable and install it. No problem to install linux over a XP system or vice versa!

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You don't even need a CD or DVD, a USB key is enough. –  Studer Feb 15 '10 at 1:49
In deed, a lot of media can be used! –  r0ca Feb 15 '10 at 1:53
From what I can tell Acer sells 2 models. One that comes with Windows XP and one that comes with Linpus Linux. Would I need any specific Acer drivers of does the Linpus linux come with drivers that will support everything? –  Paul Feb 17 '10 at 23:16
Aren't they the same computer? –  Brendan Long Feb 18 '10 at 1:15

Of course! just make sure that you download the proper image for your architecture, and that your hardware specifications meet (or exceed for a better experience) your chosen distribution's minimum requirements.

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We have been running Ubuntu 13.04 on the Aspire One ZG5 and it seems to work fine, but for the hardware limitations of the netbook. We may be switching to a Fedora distribution which might be slightly more essential.

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linux suggestion: ubuntu

If you are new to the linux world I would suggest ubuntu.

Everything may not work right away but a little googling or asking in irc.freenode.net #ubuntu IRC.

good luck

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I suggest anything except Ubuntu. You will never get everything working, and 6 months later when they update you to new 6-month-old software, everything will break again. –  Brendan Long Feb 15 '10 at 2:03

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