Saturday, October 23, 2010

Easy Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on Acer Aspire One AO532-2326

Yesterday I took the plunge and upgraded may Acer Aspire One Netbook, which is the AO532-2326 model to Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.   I used the update manager to perform the upgrade and every thing went  fine.  The new Unity desktop is really sharp compared to the desktop that came with Ubuntu Linux 10.04.

The upgrade went fine by opening a terminal and running update-manager -d.

The mousepad  still does not quite work right.  The mouse stays active while you type, causing inadvertent mouse clicks while typing.  To get around this I use the Function-F7 key to enable and disable the mouse whenever I am typing in a window. I do not have this problem if I use the Windows 7 OS that is also installed on this netbook.

Another small change is that you may want to use the new Ubuntu fonts that come with Maverick Meerkat.    These can be enabled in the desktop appearances section.

2 comments:

said...

Hi, I recently purchased this netbook and immediately trashed Windows 7 in favor of Ubuntu. I gave the netbook remix a try but didn't like it, it felt watered down so I reinstalled with the standard desktop version of 10.10. After doing this I realized that the SD card reader doesn't work under Ubuntu. Have you had any luck getting it to work?

Thanks!
Nick

kmcgra said...

Sorry, I have not been able to get the SD card to work either. It is my understanding that the brand of SD card that this laptop uses is a closed source driver. The same seems to be true of the touch pad, as there is not any full functionality for it.