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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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.

I wouldn't have claimed you are an anti-Linux troll, but rather that you seem to be inordinately pro-Windows. You are undoubtedly in denial about some of the issues with Windows, and you website has a plethora of "how good will Windows 7 be?" blurbs frequently posted by yourself.

If we are going to speculate on what will soon be possible on netbooks, then rather than post over and over about how Microsoft have promised that Windows 7 will run great on netbooks (albeit without including any actual applications, mind you) ... how about some balance in enthusiasms?

Perhaps we could point out that given available pre-releases, that the soon-to-be-released Linux distributions Kubuntu 9.04 and Mandriva 2009.1 will both support KDE 4.2 fully working out-of-the box on netbooks, both be ultra-quick to boot up, and that KDE 4.2 will in turn allow for some serious flexibility in setting up a nice desktop to work with:

In fact you can customise a number of different desktop arrangements (intended for various modes of working) and save them as named desktop configurations. You can switch your netbook desktop from one to another mode just by loading the appropriate desktop configuration. Flexibility and power like this is simply not available in any other desktop. Mind you, it would be needed to mention that one should turn off the compiz-like desktop effects bling, because a netbook just isn't up to that.

Perhaps some balance to the unfortunate negativism of Kaiwai's experiences could be introduced by making people aware of soon-to-be-available innovative features like these? After all, there is no end to the articles on OSNews on what might soon be available in the Windows world.

Edited 2009-03-02 00:59 UTC

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