I wanted to elaborate a little on putting Linux Mint on my Acer Aspire One. For starters, my AAO is the 8gb flash drive model. No HDD in there baby!
First I removed all the SSD cards from the AAO. Didn’t want to accidentally overwrite any data I may be saving there you know.
I downloaded the Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) main addition iso and, using unetbootin, put it on a usb thumb drive.
I booted the thumb drive in my AAO by pressing F12 on boot and choosing the USB drive.
Once the Linux Mint live environment was running, I clicked on the install icon on the desktop and followed the prompts.
The only real diversion I made from just pressing “accept” the whole time through was the partitioning scheme. I chose advanced there and made sure that the install was using 100% of my AAO’s drive as root “/” and with an ext2 filesystem. There is no sense in using a journaling filesystem on an AAO without an HDD in it. It just wears it out faster.
The installer reminded me that I was about to install without a swap space and I told it I knew that and it was ok.
The rest was a piece of cake and I just followed along until it told me I could reboot the machine and pull out my installer media.
After reboot I was presented with a fully working system. I could instantly connect to my wireless network and I was immediately able to play mp3 and avi media files from my personal collection without having to mess around and look for codecs, etc..
From this point, I made just a quick couple changes and tweaks I think are necessary for a non hdd AAO:
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0
tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0
Change the "realtime" to "noatime"
add "elevator=noop" to the end of your kernel line and to the "defoptions" line as well.
And that was it! A quick reboot later and the AAO is happy as a clam.