I tried to install linux on my Iconia. First I had to root it. I did.
Then I tried to install Bodhi. Multiple failures before I discovered it
doesn't work with Gen2 slabs. Grrrr!
So, I found there was a leak for ICS (Acer is going to upgrade "by the
end of April" but I was impatient), so I installed the leaked version
Then I found rooting ICS is even easier, so I rooted it.
Afterward I installed linux with the Ubuntu installer (it's done inside
a VNC session, whereas the Bodhi install was supposedly dual-boot).
But there was a problem. There was no on-screen keyboard provided to
it by the Android host, there wasn't an installed program to use one
within linux, and I couldn't get my bluetooth keyboard to work with the
linux install (it works fine with the Android host). USB may or may
not work (until ICS USB devices wouldn't work with the Iconia, now they
At least I have 4.0.2 installed. Eventually I'm going to get linux to
run and run right.
I also have a Asus netbook that I'm turning into an Android device. It
has Android on it now and it works fine. But it's not quite as useful
without a touchscreen. The keyboard is nice. The touchpad works. But
touch would be so much better. So I ordered a touchscreen for it
(resistive - couldn't find a capative in the right size), which should
be here soon.
I can already print from the Android netbook, the phone and tablet
thanks to Google Print. Maybe I'll try to find a bigger SSD (it's an
odd-sized one) and dual boot the netbook.
For me this is fun. Making changes to things is what I miss most about
my old VIC-20, C-64 and Amiga days. I was never a programmer of any
major sort, yet I still found ways to make software changes to make
things work differently and sometimes better. I'm happy I can do it
again in one or another form.
These are just the beginning for me, I'm sure. I bet I'll find lots of
other projects I can try out and enjoy as I go. I love having things
open enough to do what /I/ want instead of what someone else decides I
should be doing.
This library isn't safe - I just stumbled on an idea.
Acer Aspire One, Lubuntu 11.10
Friends don't let friends use Windows