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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Again, you miss the point. You people always miss the point. Compiling the driver shouldn't be necessary, it's 2009 for crying out loud. Do you comprehend this? If someone wanted to try Linux on their Aspire One and they were new to it, how comfortable do you think they're going to be dropping to the command-line to compile a stupid driver? What if the driver doesn't, for some odd reason or unsuspected configuration, compile? Then what, the user is screwed, and you just say "works for me" and tell them to rtfm?
Even for those of us very experienced in Linux, as I am, it's still bloody annoying to still, after thirteen odd years in my case, have to deal with compiling drivers. An end user's system should not need a compiler installed. Period. Once the Linux community grasps that fact, perhaps then they'll understand the ultimate goal that needs to be achieve--full desktop useability, without the need to even know what source code is because, you see, Joe User doesn't give a damn.

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