There’s a new tutorial for installing PeppermintOS Five here:
In this tutorial we will wipe the default OS (Linpus Lite) from the internal 8GB SSD (or hard drive in the case of the AOA150) and install PeppermintOS (Three) Linux is its place.
Why would you want to do this … Well Linpus Lite, though small and fast is based on Fedora core 8 which is a very old Linux distribution that has been out of active development for quite some time … so Linpus Lite doesn’t receive any updates, and it is nearly impossible to get any new software to install without jumping through hoops, if at all.
PeppermintOS (Three) on the other hand is based on the MUCH more recent Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but uses the LXDE desktop which is more like a “normal” desktop environment, and is also small and fast … it also has the added benefit of having access to the Ubuntu software repositories, so it is VERY easy to install the latest software.
Being based on the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support) release, also means it will benefit from the FULL 5 year support cycle.
If you want a quick look at what the PeppermintOS desktop will look like (by default … obviously the appearance,wallpaper,etc. can easily be changed), see here:
As you can see it has a single panel at the bottom, an application menu, a system tray, and a workspace that you can put application icons (shortcuts), files, or directories on … in fact (good or bad) it’s very similar to the Windows layout.
I’m going to set out this tutorial in stages … the first stage will tell you how to download the PeppermintOS ISO image, and how to use a Windows PC to write it to a 1GB or larger USB Stick.
The following stages will deal with installation, then some post-installation tasks to get Peppermint “just right”.
These instructions may look complex at first glance, but take it from me it is easier than it looks
OK, Stage 1 …
Downloading the PeppermintOS (Three) ISO image (to a Windows PC) and writing it to the USB stick
The following instructions are for creating a PeppermintOS Three LiveUSB stick using a Windows PC … if you need instructions for creating one on a Linux PC, let me know.
On your Windows PC, download the last PeppermintOS (Three) 32bit official respin ISO image from my server:
(MD5 Checksum = 05157d6dbd4ab7953870e9ee308a70a5)
or you can download an earlier version directly from the Peppermint website here:
Once you’ve got the ISO image … download Universal USB Installer (version 22.214.171.124 or higher) from here:
Start Universal USB Installer, and at …
Step 1 … In the drop down list, select PeppermintOS (Three)
Step 2 … point it at the ISO image you downloaded
Step 3 … Choose your (already plugged in >= 1GB) USB stick … probably best to let it format it too, so backup its contents first.
Step 4 … Set the slider to the largest persistence file it will allow you… so you can save changes. (if you want to test drive it first)
Heres a pic of the Universal USB Installer interface
Click Create … and wait till it’s done … it will take a while, and may appear to have stopped … but just wait till it says it’s “Done” … as in the following pic
Pic of Universal USB Installer … Installing to USB Stick
Once the LiveUSB has been created, click Close, plug it into your AA1, then turn ON your AA1 … as soon as you see the first screen (Acer Empowering People), hit the F12 key to access the boot device selection screen … and select the USB HDD as the drive to boot from and hit Enter to boot.
When asked, select “Try Peppermint” not “Install Peppermint”
Be aware … running from a USB stick will be quite a bit slower that running it from the internal SSD after installation, so don’t draw any conclusions about speed at this point
I can tell you that once installed, it takes slightly longer to boot than Linpus Lite … but once booted it loads/runs applications just as quickly … and has access to all the latest software.
Once you’ve got to a working desktop, you can either test drive Peppermint from the USB stick … or you can just click the “Install Peppermint” icon that will be on the desktop … but we’ll get to that in a bit