I'm a beginner Linuxer. Just bought Acer Revo netbook which came preinstalled with Linpus - which doesn't come with the standard Linux package manager and I'm unable to download and install any apps. I want to get rid of Linpus and install Linux Mint. I've made a bootable USB to do this using UNetbootin but it's not working properly. On opening UNetbootin it tells me I need the 7z app to do the install, but it allows me to continue. On reboot I select USB and it brings up one choice only, Default, and a 10 second timer which gets down to 0 and starts counting down again. No way out. If I hit Tab then it shows a couple lines of 'black box' code with last word: persistent - which I've been told is good. I've downloaded p7zip-full via browser but am unable to install it. I've followed instructs on this page http://www.linuxnewbieguide.org/content/chapter-9-how-do-i-install-software-linux but it always returns 'couldn't find package..'
Also I'm a bit confused as to what exactly Linpus is, or rather, what base Linux system it uses. I can't find it now, but I think I read somewhere that it's based on Fedora? Does it make a difference to the file suffix of any apps I try to download? I've been going for the .deb ones.
Any suggestions how to proceed? My brother was trying to help me over the phone earlier but he's spending the weekend with his girlfriend after a month away, and I really don't want to disturb him any more tonight :-( Thanks in advance for any help.
- If I could just find out how to download and install apps on Linpus to get me through the weekend I'd be a happy bunny! Mint can wait til Monday :)
**MONDAY, SITUATION RESOLVED, UPDATE A horribly easy solution in the end - we used Windows to create the bootable USB via Unetbootin and now happy bunnies are everywhere! Thank you.