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: Comment by bigbeck
by setec_astronomy on Sun 1st Mar 2009 21:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by bigbeck"
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It's tempting to put the blame on you for choosing a distrobution which does not focus on providing (for example, since you wanted to use kstars) a nice KDE environment or non-mainstream niche programs (as much as I like stellarium, it is not a middle-of-the-road kind of application), because it is targeted at different useage scenarios and hardware usually too limited to run KDE or other graphically intense programs at reasonable speeds (puppy fans, don't shout at me, that is the impression innocent bystanders get). You may be able to install the corresponding KDE 3.x and the stellarium packages from Slackware (stellarium may only be available as a slackbuild or a contributed package via or, though) since Puppy has (iirc) a certain level of compability with recent Slackware releases (starting with 12.x, if I'm not mistaken).

In general, I try to refrain from posting "had you used distro xyz, everything would have worked marvelously" type of comments, because they
a.) don't help the persons having problems
b.) imply that they were to stupid to arrive at the "correct" distrobution by themselves and last but not least
c.) always provoke posts of the "well I'm using said distro xyz and while this or that may work, instead using feature foo is broken beyond recognition" type.

I would be interested to know why your choice fell on puppy (a fine distro, no arguments about that) instead of a distrobution with a more complete base repository of software, though.

More on topic, it would be interesting to know why manufactors of netbooks chose to either roll out their own half-baked, seldom updated distrobutions (acer/linpus, I'm looking at you) or go with a rather obscure player like Xandros instead of cooperating with established distros like the *butus, openSuse or Mandriva (or at least seem to have done so, during the first two waves of netbooks). If I remember correctly, this whole buisness started with the Everex PC and gOs.

And since so many users here seemingly have to build their own kernel drivers from sources: Do this popular, newbie friendly distrobutions really have no precompiled kernel module for the most common models (eee 70x/90x/1000, acer aspire one / MSI wind, etc.) in their repositories? I only have netbook - experiences with arch linux and although you have to perform several installation-steps manually after the vanilla setup has finished, there is a binary kernel package in a contributed repository (I choose to go with blind's kernel from AUR for my eee 1000h, but that is just because I prefer to stay close to the vanilla kernel)?

EDIT: various typos and gramatical errors
EDIT2: The first sentences were really not ready for primetime :-)

Edited 2009-03-01 21:58 UTC

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