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: I don't get this one
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 02:59 UTC in reply to "I don't get this one"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

The fact that you just said you simply needed to compile a driver should tell you exactly why Linux distros need polish. You should not need to compile a driver. Ever. You may need to _install_ a driver, but you should never need to compile one on a modern os unless, of course, you're the one developing the driver in question. But a system designed for an end-user should not need a compiler installed at all. Not for drivers, and not for applications--and the applications issue is mostly taken care of with software repositories which is a concept I do very much appreciate. The driver situation, on the other hand, is still a down right mess which doesn't look like it's going to get any better.

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