Virtualbox Installed on Acer Aspire One

Virtualbox is a program that pretends to be a fully functional PC within a window. Since it is a PC, it can have an operating system installed on it. So, you can keep your Acer Aspire One computer running the simple system of Linpus Lite but have DOS, Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP or even Vista, Windows 7 or another Linux Distro running in a window.

Installing it is straight forward but not for the faint hearted. The best two guides to doing this were:

and some help from the Fedora Forum.

In short (and in order) the process involves:

  1. Adding a new repository
  2. Installing tools for compiling
  3. Downloading the source code for Linpus Lite
  4. Running the Virtualbox installer

So here are some step by step instructions

Press ALT-F2 and in the dialogue that pops up type

terminal

and press ENTER.  A new window will open into which you can type more commands.  To add the required repository; type the following and the press ENTER at the ‘$’ symbol (the dollar prompt).

$ sudo yum install fedora-release

When it asks you ‘really install’ press the Y key and press ENTER.

Next, to install the tools to compile type the following followed by ENTER (and Y when asked)

$ sudo yum install gcc make qt4-x11 coreutils findutils
Now, to get the source code for Linpus Lite type

$ wget ftp://guest@csdftp.acer.com.tw/Aspire_One_Linpus_Linux/Aspire_One_Source/linux-2.6.23.9lw.zip

if this doesn’t work, you can try

$ wget http://ftp.twaren.net/Linux/Linpus/Aspire_One_Linpus_Linux/Aspire_One_Source/linux-2.6.23.9lw.zip

Once you’ve downloaded the source you need to put it into the right place:

$ sudo unzip -d /usr/src -x linux-2.6.23.9lw.zip
$ sudo ln -fs /usr/src/linux-2.6.23.9 /usr/src/linux
$ sudo chmod -R 755 /usr/src/linux

So, that’s all done for the commands you need to type in to get the part one and two done. Close the terminal and go the VirtualBox for Fedora 8 (i386) link to install the Virtualbox RPM.  Follow the instructions to install.

To get it working now, you need to follow the user manual.

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  1. acer aspire one aoa150-1126
    I’ve spent 30 some years traveling for a living and also just for fun! Always took a laptop along for biz, and occasionally took a small Winbook on personal trips. I found the Acer Aspire One while looking for something else. My unit has the 3 cell battery which will only go approx 2 hours at best. But for travel it’s great! It’s light, sturdy and the XP software is faster than Vista. Startup time is just about a minute! I can’t say enough good things about this unit. Be prepared to buy a portable cd/dvd for down loadning movies, programs etc… I recently found a very compact Sony drive for $100. In this case my total expenditure was $450 for both.
    If your looking for a unit to take along on trips – this is it! No need to spend $800 to $1000 for HP or others – this one fills the bill!

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