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Which OS have I got!

I've just bought an Asus EPC1000 Linux but can't find where it says what it actually is.

I want to download a virus scanner from Avast but there are three versions offered presumably

depending on what OS you have.

Would anyone be able to enlighten me please.

Thanks.

Comments

  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    First of all ... hold off on the virus scanner. Linux doesn't get viruses. Secondly, find the terminal program and type in "uname -a" and tell us what it says. It should tell us what kernel you're using so we can identify the distro.
  • Goineasy9 wrote:
    First of all ... hold off on the virus scanner. Linux doesn't get viruses. Secondly, find the terminal program and type in "uname -a" and tell us what it says. It should tell us what kernel you're using so we can identify the distro.

    Hi, goineasy9

    Whilst I have no wish to appear more stupid than I am would you mind explaining what you mean by terminal programme
    please? :)

    Sorry to be a bit dim about this but never used this OS before.
  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    Sorry for the delay, but we were all stuck on planes today, trying to get to the Linux Collaboration Summit. Look for an Administration or System menu. The terminal program should be in one of those menus. BTW- When you turn on the computer ... doesn't give you a hint at what you're running? Don't get frustrated ...we'll figure it out with you.
  • Hi,mate

    Thanks for responding.

    Nothing appears on start up so when I come out of this I'll check for the terminal programme.

    I'm used to digging around in Windows which makes finding system info. easy but this is new to me so I'm learning as I go along - with your help I'm sure I'll get there!

    Hope you have a good day.
  • Hi, guys

    Still hoping someone can help me with this.

    Thanks.
  • mfillpotmfillpot Posts: 2,180
    You should try "uname -a" as goingeasy suggested or you can run "cat /etc/*release*" to get less in-depth information.

    Either way, we need to to do as we requested to help you further.
  • I'm afraid I have no idea how to do what you suggest although I'm grateful for your interest.

    Perhaps you can spell it out for me?

    Thanks.
  • mfillpotmfillpot Posts: 2,180
    cicero wrote:
    I'm afraid I have no idea how to do what you suggest although I'm grateful for your interest.

    Perhaps you can spell it out for me?

    Thanks.

    What I was referring to is running the previously listed command in a terminal. The two commands will show system and operating system information, unfortunately until we know what distro and window manager you are using we cannot give you step by step instructions. You will need to find the terminal program yourself and run those commands, then paste the output in this thread for us to help further.
  • Reading you reply it seems to imply that I need to know the answer to the question I'm asking! But maybe that's just my lack of understanding.

    I think the solution to my problem is best resolved by doing the obvious thing and asking Asus what they loaded on their notebook in the factory in the first place.

    I think that for people like me it's sensible to stick with Microsoft and leave the more esoteric stuff to guys like you.

    Thanks for your time and enjoy your day.
  • mfillpotmfillpot Posts: 2,180
    IT does seem quiet silly that asus would sell you a computer without telling you exactly what operating system is on the computer, when I reviewed the product pages they listed GNU Linux which could be one of more than 400 operating systems.

    Navigation and usage can be very simple once you know what you are using, but first we must know the most basic information about the operating system. If you can post a picture of your desktop we will know what window manager you are using and guide you to get the information that you need for this and future questions.
  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    Don't give up ... just imagine how much you'll save by not having to buy antivirus programs. Besides, we were all new to Linux at one point and had to ask the same questions. But, we weren't smart enough to use the word esoteric in a sentence. ;-)
  • asedtasedt Posts: 96
    Hi

    You are talking about the Asus Eee PC right? (This: http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_PC/Eee_PC_1000/)

    If so I think you default is Xandros in a "simpel mode" with very big icons.
    (something like this: http://www.pisitoenmadrid.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/asus_eee_xandros.jpg)

    You can read about it here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC#Linux_on_the_Eee_PC

    Myself has an Asus 701 4G Linux and switched for advanced/normal/full desktop the first thing. I have been thinking about changing distro. on it for a long time now.

    There is a lot of notebook Linux distributions and a lot of users upgrade to things like:

    Ubuntu Netbook Edition: http://www.ubuntu.com/netbook
    EasyPeasy: http://geteasypeasy.com/ (1.6 is latest and "old" but maybe we have 1.7 after the next Ubuntu release)

    It's quite easy to test these out, you can download iso and put them on a usb stick and live boot them as whit CD's to test whiteout installing/changing your current system.

    This tool is one commonly used for that: http://sourceforge.net/projects/unetbootin/


    To say Linux don't have virus is not right. (that most users don't have to care because all of them is patched with updates maybe is) See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware#Viruses
    You also have list of antivirus for linux on the same page, but you can be safe without it in my opinion.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware#Anti-virus_applications

    Hope that was to some help for you.
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