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 don't get this one
by tofuconfetti on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 02:31 UTC
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I have to say that I really don't get this one at all. Ubuntu 8.10 was incredibly easy to install on both my eeePC and my MSI Wind. With the MSI Wind, the first thing I did was pop in an Ubuntu 8.10 bootable thumb drive (also every easy to make) and install it never having booted into Windows XP. With the eeePC, I found the stock linux interface terribly restrictive. (I like having a terminal handy.)

When people say Linux lacks polish and sophistication, I really start to wonder if we are looking at the same OS and what you want yours to do for you. As for installing it, it has gotten easier and faster than Windows XP any day. The worst problem I had was with the wireless and the cam on the MSI Wind and I simply compiled the drivers per very clear instructions from the net and viola! it worked fine. I guess if you aren't comfortable with that, then you should use Windows and suffer the insecurities.

For the record, I have also installed Xubuntu on an MSI Wind just for the fun of it, but returned to regular Ubuntu because it ran just fine and I like gnome a little better as a UI.

In my mind the real benefit from Linux comes in to play when you can use your computer on public networks without reinstalling every 2 months. That is something I simply could not tolerate.

But to say Linux is shabby and difficult to install and use is to misrepresent the truth. It does not need to "catch up to" Windows XP. That would insinate there was ever any "catching up" to do.

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