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The Plugable USB 3 Ethernet Adapter and Linux

📅 January 25, 2017
eth01USB 3.0/3.1 is fast enough to accommodate almost any external device at full speed. This includes network adapters.

Need an extra RJ-45 network port on your system? Do you have a portable netbook or laptop that you need to plug into a LAN quickly?

The Plugable USB 3 ethernet adapter is a small device that allows you to connect a computer to a LAN through a USB port. It offers full duplex throughput up to gigabit speeds if connected to a USB 3.0/3.1 port. And best of all, it is 100% plug-and-play compatible with Linux.

Here are my results after using this device with Linux Mint 18.1 and USB 2/3/3.1.

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Adventures in Updating the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook BIOS

ubios01The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is a fantastic Linux netbook, but the fan has seemed to grow increasingly louder during the past few months. Thinking that a BIOS update might help resolve the issue and produce a quieter fan, the Ultrabook was updated to the latest 2.17 BIOS, but this turned out to be an adventure in itself. Here is the story…

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The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook After One Year

October 12, 2012
s3-08The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabookis a superb netbook for running Linux, and after over a year of constant usage, how well does it continue to perform? Are there any issues to be aware of? Here are a few thoughts from my personal experience.

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Installing Linux Mint 15 on the Acer S3 Ultrabook

June 21, 2013
linuxmint15_installLinux Mint 15 runs well on the Acer S3 Ultrabook, but there are a few tricks to installing it properly since a few features of the Ultrabook do not work out of the box with Linux.

After much research from various sources and even more trial and error, here are a few tips to get Linux Mint 15 running and running well on the S3 Ultrabook.

Update for January 2014: Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 64-bit installs and runs well on the Ultrabook. Linux Mint 16 remains similar (with improvements) to Linux Mint 15, so the information in this article applies to Linux Mint 16 also.

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Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook and Ubuntu 12.04.1

December 7, 2012
s3-01“Wow, this is slim!”

“Wow, Ubuntu runs well!”

“Wow, this is lightweight!”

…and a list of other praises come to mind when playing with this ultrabook.

Is there a better netbook or portable computer than the Acer Aspire 722 for running Ubuntu? The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabookis an attractive, ultra-slim notebook barely larger than a netbook. I wanted to see how well Linux–Ubuntu–would run.

The S3 is a delight to use, and in my experience, it runs Linux better and faster than the bundled Windows 8 despite a few minor issues.

What follows is my enjoyable experience with Ubuntu 12.04 on what is probably one of the best-looking portable computers encountered: The Aspire S3.

Update for 2014: The Acer S3 Ultrabook is also compatible with other Linux distributions tested. Here are two other articles with more information:

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Acer Aspire One AO756 Netbook Experience

October 8, 2012
The Acer Aspire One 722 is an excellent netbook for running Ubuntu, and it even upgrades to 8GB of RAM. Can it get any better?

Since then, Acer has released newer netbooks, such as the Acer Aspire One 756, so, in the never-ending quest to find a better mousetrap, I had to give the 756 a try!

Having acquired a 756 model for myself, it was time to find how it compares to the reliable, time-tested, (mostly) Linux-friendly 722. Have the annoyances been fixed? What is the netbook’s build quality like? Is the 756 faster than the 722? And most importantly, how well does it run Ubuntu 10.10 (my favorite Linux distribution of all time)?

Well, this turned out to be a surprise, leading to several issues I was not expecting. Newer is not always better, and this is a prime example. This review documents my experience and thoughts regarding the Acer Aspire One 756 netbook.

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Acer Aspire One 722 Netbook Update

July 25, 2012
The Acer Aspire One 722 netbookhas proven itself to be a reliable, inexpensive netbook for running Linux while offering superb performance. After almost a year of constant usage, it continues to run like a champ.

However, it is not perfect, so here is a list of points that prospective owners might find useful.

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