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We like the Acer Aspire One netbook's out-of-the-box UI. It's like Mac OS X's Dock writ large: a way of giving you easy access to key apps, but right in front of you, not tucked down at the bottom of the screen. However, you really should be presented with the apps you want, not what Acer believes you should have. Customising …


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  1. Mike Moyle Silver badge

    "Invisible" panels

    Must there always be four icon panels and are they fixed in place by the OS?

    If the answer to both is "yes". then could one take "slices" of the background graphic in an image-editing program, save the parts that would normally be hidden by the panels and use them as the panel graphics?

    Inelegant, I know, but it would at least give the impression of the icons floating over the BG. (Hey... I'm not a coder; I'm just the Graphics Geek!)

  2. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)


    Good idea - and I tried it, without success. Acer's code appears to put in a solid black titlebar and a solid grey icon panel if it's asked to place a graphic it doesn't 'know' about.

  3. last chance
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    what, just like window$?


  4. Dylan Brandes

    1 Solution Install Ubuntee Eee From Pen Drive

    Dont bother with this config rubbish...

    Ubuntu Eee will work with Acer Aspire One. Thats what I did, it installed all drivers automatically and runs like a dream. All the info you need is here:

    And can be installed from pen drive easily. Once installed you can also add any software package easily at the click of a button, VLC, Skype, Azureus etc...

    Good Luck.

  5. GrahamT
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    How To?

    I would like to know:

    1. How to replace Firefox 2 with Firefox 3 easily without having to partially deinstall 2, install 3, partially reinstall 2.

    2. How to get Thunderbird to show the number of unread emails under the icon as the crappy inbuilt email reader does. Replacing the email client with Thunderbird was a model of simplicity, but the email icon always shows 0 unread.

    Great series of articles though. I learn something new with each one.

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