- Worked very well. Fast, easy to work with. AAO hardware worked right out of the box with the exception of the mic, which required fiddling to get working - used this post http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1379587. Connected nicely to mac world, windoze network and network printer (Dell M5200). Mate is snappy and easy to use.
Twas rough - did not run well at all. Slow, periodically unresponsive, not worth continued effort. Aborted.
- A little disappointing, KDE Plasma Desktop is cool. A lot of good old Linux monkeying around to achieve network participation. Never did get SD card reader working. Live USB boot seemed slower and more cumbersome than Mint. Periods of slugishness/unresponsiveness.
- Some probs switching between wifi networks - would not release network connection dialog box, had to reboot. Lots of fiddling to participate in home (windows & mac) network. External monitor was flaky, appeared to be related to differences in resolution/aspect.
- Specialty distro (security tools) but a VERY pleasant surprise, it runs great on AAO 532h. Tested KDE (plasma) window manager, but didn't mess around testing hardware or features that wouldn't be used for security scans, audits and such ("n/a" in table above). Odd/sporadic issues adding software via kPackage.
- Attempt #2, little rough, tinkering required. Takes dumps on startup (ubuntu internal error and keyboard input method), connecting to smb network did not work out of the box. Some AAO hardware seems to be working., Doesn't seem as fast as Mint ... Maybe more to come
Live/USB is pretty painless/easy - http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install. Some fiddling to get persistence http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-persistence. Internal mic didn't seem to work (very quick test), internal/external audio seemed fine via smoking monkey youtube test. USB, cardreader, external monitor and trackpad worked with no putzing. Kali tools don't seem to be as fully baked as BT - but could just be learning curve.
- Somewhat of a forced update due to 1.0 EOL and repository purge. Had a heck of a time going back to 1.1 with persistence for some reason. I'd recommend sticking with Kali 1.x on the Aspire for the time being and using archive mirror for time being ("deb http://old.kali.org/kali moto main non-free contrib" in /etc/apt/sources.list)
Network Security Toolkit (NST 22)
- Looks REALLY good! Still some testing to do, but the toolkit (and fedora) seems to function well on AAO!
11/11 - Didn't make it through the night - looks to be hung, power management?
11/19 - More testing with new USB stick (w/ 1g of persistence). Will switch to NST until Kali 2.0 has a few more miles on it.
Card reader works fine, I initially used a bad adapter
Little burp at Startup - bluman takes a dump when you initially boot (probably due to no bluetooth)
Power Management seems fine, no hangs, features seem to work
Built-in Audio seems fine - input levels seem to change when testing mic, output tested fine
Did some putzing with Exile media player - did not work out of the box
Fedora Live USB Creator is a little flaky. After adding persistence it fails with "vesamenu.c32: not COM32R image" during boot. Workaround for now: Tab Key, then enter 'gdm' to bring up mate