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[2]: Sadly, similar experience
by lemur2 on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 06:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Sadly, similar experience"
lemur2
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What is the point of this exercise (buying the Windows version of a netbook and trying to install a Linux distro on it)? Why not just buy the version of the Aspire with Linux pre-loaded? That's what I did. Wireless works fine. Wired networking works fine. All of the hardware I've tried out seems to work fine. And I'm reasonably sure that at any given hardware level the Linux version costs about $50 less than the Windows one. So again I ask: If you wanted an Acer with Linux on it, why didn't you buy one of the Acers with Linux preloaded on it?


I can't speak for the Acer specifically, but very often the OEM will offer a constrained version of Linux only on a lower-spec, cheaper, SSD-only version of the netbook, and Windows XP only on a higher-spec, more expensive, comes-with-a-hard-disk version of the same machine.

Many people want the higher-spec hardware (identical hardware to the Windows offering) with an unconstrained version of Linux pre-loaded (ie. one with a large associated on-line repository).

Typically, you can't buy such a thing. Funny about that.

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