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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Mandriva 2009.0 and the Acer Aspire One
by ReeBop on Sun 1st Mar 2009 21:11 UTC
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I bought a 6 cell battery Acer Aspire One with a 160 gig hard drive late last year. I wanted a sizable hard drive and I also was planning a dual boot system of XP and Mandriva 2009.0. I used an external DVD burner to do the install with and used the partiioning tool (DiskDrake) that Mandriva provided with no problems. I found the Mandriva setup simple with only minor caveats that I found answers for in Mandriva centric forums. I have not found Windows to be any faster or slower than Mandriva on casual observation. It is the same with battery life. I enjoy my system and boot about 75 percent of the time into Mandriva as I am more familiar with a Linux system than a Windows system.

With that being said, I wonder what his experience would be if his Acer had no operating system installed, given an "off the shelf" Windows XP cd with no manufacture supplied drivers. Do you think that an install like that would be easier than doing a Mandriva 2009.0 install? I don't think so. Keep in mind that Acer's Windows XP netbooks are preloaded with a tailored XP Home SP3 with all the drivers needed. Good luck finding and installing drivers as you are trying to bring up your generic XP system the first time. With my home network settings, I had Mandriva using my wireless router at first boot. The point is that I didn't need another system nearby to load my Mandriva from scratch. Everything I needed for a usable system was on the DVD and I was left to set my own personal preferences and download any software (i. e. Google Earth or Firefox plugins) at my leisure.

As for crapware, I had no need of the MS Office trial edition nor the default DVD player software that was loaded. Yes, a "kitchen sink" distribution is going to load a lot of software you may never use. It is apples to oranges whether you like a distribution that loads a lot of software or a bare minimum. You might as well argue about vi vs. emacs.

I'm not writing to either praise or bash the Acer, Windows XP or Mandriva 2009. My point is that if you cannot fairly compare a custom preloaded XP operating system with a DVD or CD Linux distribution downloaded from the Internet. The comparison should be between using a generic "off the shelf" XP Home CD with no drivers included and a distribution such as Mandriva 2009.0. The user experience of locating specific manufacturer drivers, installing them and configuring your system for the Internet will not be sa easy for the XP user than for the Mandriva user.

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