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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Thom_Holwerda
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Interesting how people are attributing all sorts of opinions to me before I've even said a word myself about this article.

You see, I disagree with Kaiwai. Ubuntu ran just fine on my Aspire One, it took a little bit of work, yes, but worked fine after that. The reason I moved to Windows on this thing was for practical reasons, the biggest among which was the fact that my university's wifi is so bloody messy and complicated it's just too much of a hassle to set up on Linux - not Linux' fault, as I've said in a few articles, but my university's.

Linux works just fine on the Aspire One. Yeah it takes some work if you want to install Linux on the Windows version, but hey, if you want to install Windows XP on the Linux version (like I had to) it's a bitch as well: driver hunt, preparing a bootable USB Windows XP installer, it's all a mess.

The problems with some of the people in here is that they block out anything I say that does not fit within their paradigm of "Thom is anti-Linux" or "Thom is anti-Apple", despite the fact that I use all of those EVERY DAY, and have a lot of fun doing so. I advocated open standards and Linux support in universities, but me doing so doesn't fit within lemur2's ideas about me, so you never hear him about that - he much rather just attack me and paint me as anti-Linux troll, for instance.

Seriously, you guys need to grow up. Running OSNews is a tight-rope job, and I'm just SICK of people telling me I'm only in it for the money or to make Linux look bad. I spent countless hours EVERY day, even in the weekends, working on a website dedicated to bringing the news on all sorts of alternative platforms, drawing people to this website with stories about mainstream software, and then hoping they see the news about the little guys as well, doing my part in spreading awareness about alternatives.

What the frak have YOU to show for yourself, lemur2? mrhasbean? sirhomer? How many hours a day do you spend on writing about Linux, BSD, Haiku, Syllable, and whatnot, trying to do your part in making the computer landscape more diverse? Or is all you have to show for yourself comment after comment attacking folks like me, who work hard every day on bringing you all the news?

Seriously, I'm fed up with you crybabies. If you can't stand your pet project getting a few clubs with the criticism stick, then please stick to the single-interest fanboy sites on the web.

Seriously. Bunch of ungrateful asses.

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