Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Mar 2009 17:26 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Hardware, Embedded Systems Long-time OSNews reader Kaiwai has written down his experiences with his Acer Aspire One, Linux, and Windows. He concludes: "After a hectic few weeks trying to get Linux to work, I am back to square one again - a netbook running Windows XP SP3 as it was provided by Acer when I purchased it. I gave three different distributions a chance to prove themselves. I expected all three distributions to wipe the floor with Windows XP - after all, these are the latest and greatest distributions the Linux world have to offer. There has been at least 7 years since the release of Windows XP for Linux to catch up to Windows XP and from my experience with Linux on this said device - it has failed to step up to the plate when it was needed."
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Sadly, similar experience
by Kroc on Sun 1st Mar 2009 17:41 UTC
Kroc
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2005-11-10

I’ve an eee 701, and I’ve tried four different eee-specific Linux distro’s and all have failed miserably. The current system on trial is eeebuntu 2.0 NBR; which is thankfully working, but took far more effort and googling that should be normal to correct terrible ‘Linux-isms’ like not being able to auto-login (deafult option during install) and connect to the wireless without prompting for the keychain password. Unbelievably infuriating and shoddy experience.

If this doesn’t work out, then I’ll be forced to go back to the awful Xandros default install (stuck on Firefox 2)—yet again—because distros and Linux in general just can’t seem to get the polish right.

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