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    Acer Aspire One: ummm, oops


    I find myself as a Linux newbie by default, in a sense. And I realise this is a relatively new machine on the market, but hope the OS is sufficiently standard that somebody can help me, please.

    I bought an Acer One Aspire 8MB Netbook for my wife because the GUI was simple (e.g., click 'browser' and it runs) and it is preinstalled with Linpus Linux - which I think is a derivative of Fedora.

    Then I discovered that you have to do some work to install new programs and upgrades! No problem. A quick overview of linux, a read throught the forums and we'll be right.

    Ah, but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    I attempted to install Firefox 3.0.3 but, because it didn't show as a Package Management option, I downloaded the tar.bz2 to the Downloads folder. Then I extracted files and attempted to install - following instructions on the Firefox site and some good stuff from control-escape.com and tuxfiles.org.

    It wouldn't run. Nor would the File Manager, when I went to check the folder contents. And no shortcuts were working from their icons on the desktop anymore. I found that 'nautilus file manager' wasn't running, whatever that is. Danger signs?

    I thought I would restart the machine and try again. Wrong decision.

    I don't know what I've done! I thought I was only working in the Downloads and /Firefox folders, but clearly I have disrupted other settings. The desktop has disappeared and the background wallpaper is there, but nothing else. I can't even turn the machine off, to try the recovery disk.

    All suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.

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