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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Different experience
by danieldk on Sun 1st Mar 2009 19:05 UTC
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I had a Eee PC 701 almost a year ago. It worked fine with Debian, and virtually took no effort on my part. Wireless networking was effortless. By the way, the same thing applied to my HP Notebook that was released just a few weeks before I bought it. Everything worked out of the box, except for the soundcard, which required adding a one-line file to /etc/modprobe.d. My brand new quad-core 4GB RAM machine worked out of the box with Debian Lenny and Fedora 10. Everything, including burning Lightscribe labels required no command-line tinkering or whatsoever.

On the other side, I have horrible experiences with my (now) ex-MacBook. I bought a HSDPA modem, and it does not work at all. OS X finds the CD-ROM emulation, determines that the filesystem is not ok, and starts to produce error messages without end (a new dialog box pops up twice a second until you pull the USB modem). Even after disabling the CD-ROM emulation it can not detect the modem, even with the latest vendor drivers. On Linux the modem worked out of the box. I am not sure about Windows. I don't use it, my brain is wired for UNIX systems.

All this shows that anecdotical evidence is useless in small quantities.

Edited 2009-03-01 19:06 UTC

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