Acer Aspire One (150)

Justin C. Sherrill justin at
Wed Nov 12 17:10:58 PST 2008

On Wed, November 12, 2008 4:49 pm, Christopher Rawnsley wrote:
> While I don't have a Acer Aspire I do have a netbook of some kind and
> I would like to raise the general issue that you get with them. They
> don't have CD drives. From the sounds of things, it doesn't seem like
> too big a deal for you as you have an external one (although you have
> dropped in to the kernel debugger...) but I would imagine that many
> people don't have such a luxury.
> I think USB flash images are the way to go and I dug up a script from
> Dario Freni on FreeBSD front for converting ISO images to USB disc
> images[1]. I think this is a start and I would like to encourage the
> creation of one for the DragonFly Project. I want to work on this but
> it's bound to take me a while :) Anyone got any tips?

Looking at the script, it appears to mount the ISO and then copy the files
over to the USB drive.  The nrelease process for building a LiveCD on
DragonFly puts together the same set of system files in the process; you
could probably use that process to create the USB drive.  It'd even be
able to "clone" an up-to-date system similar in spirit, if not in method,
to what Constantine described.

Also, if you're lacking a CDROM but have a workable network connection,
the netboot facility on the DragonFly CD works very well; you just need a
network connection and another device to boot the CD on.  I was able to
use it with a old desktop chassis that had only the CPU, RAM, and CDROM
still installed.

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