Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Aug 2008 01:43 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Me and Bobby Powers have spent a few hours smoothing out the process of getting fully-featured Linux desktops to boot on the XO laptop. On the whole, OLPC developers have been pretty good at getting code upstream, so only a few fixups are needed to get things operational on the XO." On a slightly (stretching it here) related note, here is a detailed guide on installing and optimising Ubuntu on the Acer Aspire One that we reviewed last week. I replaced the default Linpus installation with Ubuntu using this guide, and I must say that I am quite pleased.
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RE: Celebrating the problems.
by MacTO on Wed 20th Aug 2008 12:06 UTC in reply to "Celebrating the problems."
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At least you have the option to optimize the system with Linux. In comparison to Linux, the ability to do so on Windows is fairly limited. As for Mac OS X, it is so highly integrated that you would end up losing most of its benefits if you tried tweaking it. So perhaps your comment is better called celebrating the benefits.

As for desktop users expecting everything to just work, well, I can hardly claim that a fresh installation of Windows just works. It takes a heck of a long time to just install the drivers and applications. In comparison, most Linux distributions will deliver the drivers and a nice suite of software out of the box. If you're hardware is appropriate, it won't even require tweaking.

The XO is built from 10 year old hardware from the perspective of performance. Using an un-optimized Linux distribution on it, including its Sugar interface, is a bit disappointing. But do a bit of tweaking and select the appropriate applications, and it is usually a speed daemon. Sorry, couldn't help myself. ;)

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