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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by moleskine on Sun 1st Mar 2009 21:04 UTC
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There's a certain element here of "what do you expect?" Netbooks are built to a price mostly by Asian outfits with a well-deserved rep for doing the minimum in terms supporting their products, changing hardware specs at the drop of a hat, ignoring Linux if they think there's a buck to be made by doing so, and producing really ghastly homebrew software. In some respects it's amazing that Linux (or anything else) works on these netbooks at all. And netbooks haven't been around long enough to know how they last before falling to pieces. They could still turn out to be something of a rip-off.

Linux only really started on netbooks because of the great Vista clumsy elephant problem. I guess this has given folks higher expectations of Linux working on netbooks as distinct from laptops. Maybe those expectations are misplaced? The Asian hardware makers don't care, or if they do they have a funny way of showing it.

If you want guaranteed Linux on a netbook (i.e. without home DIY mechanics) then go for HP or Dell at a guess. I imagine most readers on this site are quite happy with home mechanics. To me, a refurbished laptop is the more attractive option. Plenty of Lenovo X61s around for not much more than one of the better netbooks, and I can't set up Linux on that to my heart's content.

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