Keeping it simple
This emphasis on the command line does a disservice to Linux systems. As an old-timer I usually dive into the command line because it works consistently on just about any kind of Unix system (another big advantage of *nix).
However with the rise of netbooks the friends who just want to do a bit of internetting get the horrors when I explain the quick way of doing things.
So, any takers on how to do useful stuff on a netbook without command-line magic?
Here is the first step to AA1 bliss without the command-line
hit Alt-F2 to get a dialog in which you can specify the program you want to run.
Type xfce-setting-show and press Enter
Click on the Display icon and on the Advanced tab (I think... our AA1 has a bat flattery) tick "Show root menu on right-click".
You can now right-click on the AA1's desktop to get a menu of all installed programs.
From the System submenu, there is a Package Manager GUI that can be used to download and install programs.
Newly installed programs can be accessed from the right-click menu. Putting programs in the Acer menu is text editor stuff, unfortunately.
Other niggles with the article...
so what about no root login... that's so 20th century. Open a terminal window and type "sudo su" and the world's your ostrich.