[EDIT]There's a new tutorial for installing PeppermintOS Five here:http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=11987.0
In this tutorial we will wipe the default OS (Linpus Lite) from the internal 8GB SSD and install PeppermintOS (Two) Linux is its place.
Why would you want to do this .. Well Linpus Lite, though small and fast is based on Fedora core 8 which is a very old Linux distribution that has been out of active development for quite some time .. so Linpus Lite doesn't receive any updates, and it is nearly impossible to get any new software to install without jumping through hoops, if at all.
PeppermintOS (Two) on the other hand is based on the MUCH more recent Ubuntu 11.04, but uses the LXDE desktop which is more like a "normal" desktop environment, and is also small and fast .. it also has the added benefit of having access to the Ubuntu software repositories, so it is VERY easy to install the latest software.
If you want a quick look at what the PeppermintOS desktop will look like, see here:http://peppermintos.com/screenshots/
As you can see it has a single panel at the bottom, an application menu, a system tray, and a workspace that you can put application icons (shortcuts), files, or directories on .. in fact (good or bad) it's very similar to the Windows layout.
I'm going to set out this tutorial in stages .. the first stage will tell you how to download the PeppermintOS ISO image, and how to use a Windows PC to write it to a 1GB or larger USB Stick.
The following stages will deal with installation, then some post-installation tasks to get Peppermint "just right".
These instructions may *look* complex at first glance, but take it from me it is easier than it looks
I've been told that some people are having problems using the new version (126.96.36.199) of Universal USB Installer to write the PeppermintOS ISO image to their USB sticks .. so here are links to some other versions/applications that should work in Windows.Universal USB Installer 188.8.131.52 (from my dropbox)http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11876059/Universal-USB-Installer-184.108.40.206.exeLinux Live USB Creator (worked for banko <thanks banko > and also provides persistence)http://www.linuxliveusb.com/en/homeUnetbootin (doesn't provide persistence, but can still be used for installation, and non-persistent test driving)http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/[END EDIT]
OK, Stage 1 .. Downloading the PeppermintOS (Two) ISO image (to a Windows PC) and writing it to the USB stick
The following instructions are for creating a PeppermintOS LiveUSB stick using a Windows PC .. if you need instructions for creating one on a Linux PC, let me know.
On your Windows PC, download the PeppermintOS (Two) ISO image from here:http://peppermintos.info/dl2/Peppermint-Two-i386-06052011.iso
or see here:http://peppermintos.com/download/
Once you've got the ISO image .. download Universal USB Installer from here:http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
Start Universal USB Installer, and at ..Step 1
.. In the drop down list, select PeppermintOS (Two)Step 2
.. point it at the ISO image you downloadedStep 3
.. Choose your (already plugged in >= 1GB) USB stick .. probably best to let it format it too, so backup its contents first.Step 4
.. Set the slider to the largest persistence file it will allow you.. so you can save changes. (if you want to test drive it first)
Heres a pic of the Universal USB Creator interface
.. and wait till it's done .. it will take a while, and *may* appear to have stopped .. but just wait till it says it's "Done"
.. as in the following pic
Pic of Universal USB Installer .. Installing to USB Stick
Once the LiveUSB has been created, click Close
, plug it into your AA1, then turn ON your AA1 .. as soon as you see the first screen (Acer Empowering People), hit the F12
key to access the boot device selection screen .. and select the USB HDD
as the drive to boot from and hit Enter
When asked, select "Try Peppermint
" not "Install Peppermint
Be aware .. running from a USB stick will be quite a bit slower that running it from the internal SSD after installation, so don't draw any conclusions about speed at this point
I *can* tell you that once installed, it takes about 15 - 20 seconds longer to boot than Linpus Lite .. but once booted it loads/runs applications just as quickly .. and has access to all the latest software.
Once you've got to a working desktop, you can either test drive Peppermint from the USB stick .. or you can just click the "Install Peppermint" icon that will be on the desktop.
If/when you decide to install Peppermint to the internal SSD (and it IS worth it) .. Here's the list of post installation tasks I needed to do to get Peppermint "just right" for me .. and the approx time it will take .. I've included these here just for information, we'll go through these later in the tutorial.
1) enter the wireless key and connect .. 1min
2) enable wireless autoconnect .. by default you had to turn wireless on every boot .. 1min
3) enable the extra repos .. 2min
4) enable auto login (if you want) .. 2min
5) run an update .. 7min
6) install apt-xapian-index
7) install firefox
8.) install vlc
9) install libreoffice-writer
10) install libreoffice-calc
11) install thunderbird
12) install pidgin (or amsn) IM client
13 install skype
14) install lubuntu-restricted-extras
15) apply the fix for the right-hand SD card reader not working .. 3 mins
16) apply the fix for the microphone not working in skype. .. 5mins
The software can be installed with a single command, and will take about 5 mins to install.