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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Comment by bigbeck
by bigbeck on Sun 1st Mar 2009 21:19 UTC
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Darknexus hit the nail right on the head. I started using computers about a year before Windows came out. That meant working with Dos. I hated it until a graphical menu system came out called Geoworks. Now the computer was easy to use. I mean you still had the problem of driver load order locking up the machine whenever you installed new hardware but overall it was much much easier than working from the command line.

I have the new and easy to use Puppy Linux. Installed easily with just a few clicks but I still had to edit a file to get Grub to work. Printer and internet configured easily. So far so good. Next I downloaded Kstars and Stellarium,unzipped them and proceeded to locate a setup or install file - nothing. Couldn't figure out how to install a couple of simple applications. Went to a Linux forum and found out that I had to use a compiler or some other tool from the dark ages. WTF! Too much BS. At first I thought Puppy Linux was Great - until I tried to install another program which should have taken a couple of clicks. As bad as XP is, it's still way easier and faster than Linux. Like others have said,it's not 1985. Simple is always best;) Maybe in a few more years Linux will catch up to Windows speed. Just for the record,I'm not a Micrsoft fan.

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