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Acer Aspire ES11 ES1-132-C5TL photos + Installing Ubuntu Linux

Just got another laptop Acer – Aspire ES11 ES1-132-C5TL (Midnight Black). It has Intel Celeron N3350 CPU, 11.6″ LCD display, Intel HD Graphics, 2GB DDR RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, 3-cell Li-ion battery, 3 USB ports and 1 HDMI port, Gigabit LAN. No fans / quiet computing — absolutely silent.

Keyboard have uncomfortable placement for Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys (see the photos). Delete / Insert keys should be separate, and Power key should not be in the main keyboard area… but hey! It costs only 200 USD or EUR. Of course, the built quality can not compare to High end devices, like Asus Zenbook, but still I like it very much.

It has Acer Linux v2.00.3002 (Linpus Linux Lite Version / LiveCD Edition v9.3 b161206) pre-installed. Without any user interface — only console access. It does not boot Fedora 25, but it boots and works with current pre-release version Fedora 26, that will come out of beta in June 26, 2017. It does not run Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10, but a less than week old Ubuntu 17.04 runs flawlessly. However, to install it you need to some console stuff from Ubuntu Live USB. This must be done after installation is complete. Otherwise it won’t boot. Note that currently it has BIOS version v1.08.

# mmcblk0p1 is my EFI partition
# mmcblk0p2 is my root partition
# both partitions created by Ubuntu installation
sudo mount /dev/mmcblk0p2 /mnt
sudo mkdir /mnt/boot/efi
sudo mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/boot/efi
for i in /sys /proc /run /dev; do sudo mount --bind "$i" "/mnt$i"; done
modprobe efivars
efibootmgr --verbose
apt-get install --reinstall grub-efi-amd64
grub-install --no-nvram --root-directory=/mnt
chroot /mnt
update-grub
cd /boot/efi/EFI
cp -R ubuntu/ BOOT
cd BOOT cp grubx64.efi bootx64.efi
cp -R BOOT/ Linux

Note that, I am copying “ubuntu” to “BOOT” and “Linux”, because Linpus had the same names in the EFI, and I suspect that they are hard-coded in the BIOS. I want a little more complex partition scheme, so asked question in Ask Ubuntu site. Hope it will get some responses, to find out what is going on.

Here are links where users struggle with different Aspire ES series models: link1, link2, link3, link4.

Photos below…

Asus ZenBook UX330CAK (UX330CA-FC006T) unboxing photos

We just got a brand new laptop – Asus ZenBook UX330C (UX330CAK / UX330CA-FC006T) Grey, 13.3″ FHD with English keyboard. It features Intel Core m3-y730 CPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system that can easily can be changed to Linux. Also, it features “harman/kardon” speakers with very good sound quality for a such small laptop. Oh, and it weights 1.2 kg.

This laptop has great keyboard (one row enter key, not cluttered arrow keys, home, end, PgUp, PgDn on the arrows with Fn key), but power button is made like regular key in the keyboard. Will need to find a way to remap Delete to Insert, and Power to Delete key. See the photos below.

And notice the last screen – out of the box bloatware – TeamViewer, WPS Office, Dropbox, Evernote, Foxit PDF… and little click-fest (about 30 min.) to uninstall everything. Or install Ubuntu if you prefer more control of your laptop.