Saturday, October 10, 2009

Acer Aspire One A0751-1279

Well, I took the plunge. I traded $298.00 for an Acer Aspire One, free shipping, site-to-store.

I love it.

The Vista that came with the machine never had a chance.
No kindness.
No dual boot.
No shot at breathing the breath of life.
I booted Knoppix, partitioned the hard drive, and infused it with Fedora 11 (sorry Steve, but Ubuntu 9.04 did not support the Wifi chip).

The specs on the machine are:

* Intel Atom, Z520 (1.33GHz / 512 KB L2 cache / 533FSB), US15W
* 11.6" Widescreen, Glossy, 1366 x 768 (WXGA/LED)
* MGA500 Graphics (Poulsbo), shared memory, Aux VGA output
* 2GB, DDR2 667
* 250G HD
* 6-in-1 Card Reader
* Web Camera
* RJ-45 Ethernet Jack
* WiFi 802.11b/g
* Bluetooth
* 3 USB 2.0 Ports
* 3 Cell Battery with 4 hour runtime

I put on Fedora, went out to AdamW's site (for the Poulsbo driver) and setup the video for 1366x768. The sound, wifi, ethernet and all worked out of the box.

The little guy is FAST.

The CPU is hyperthreaded (almost like a dual core) and has a 64bit register set.

It plays flash video just fine ... and so far has just been a joy to drive.