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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RE: Apparent hate towards Linux
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 1st Mar 2009 19:28 UTC in reply to "Apparent hate towards Linux"
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I thought the entire article/blog post was pretty pointless to begin with, and I wouldn't have missed anything not reading it. I couldn't even bring myself to read through to the end. It all pretty much came down to: "I don't want to do anything to get this working past installation, even if I know how, so I'll just use this Acer-supplied OEM disc to install Windows... and at least I can say I 'tried' to use Linux and whine about the fact that it didn't work with zero problems..."

I'd like to see a re-review on getting Windows XP working; only, instead of using OEM Windows CDs, which have been made specifically for the netbook with all proper drivers, use the official Microsoft retail CD and fetch any needed drivers from either Acer's or a specific hardware vendor's site on another computer, make a CD (or copy to USB stick) and install that way. No cheating, though! [gathering specific device models, etc. from the Device Manager while they're fully recognized] I bet Windows XP would rate right down there with those Linux distros.

Also, SUSE? Ubuntu? If he wants speed and battery power to be his top priorities (considering his target machine was a netbook), those are probably two of the worst choices. If he doesn't want to do any screwing around to get it to work, Arch also makes no sense. An all-around bad article, IMO...

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