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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Windows XP Retail
by REM2000 on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 09:56 UTC
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One thing i will say in self defence of Windows XP Retail installation which a lot of people are asking for to compare with linux, is that XP was released in 2001, it was taken off the shelves over a year ago, if you want to compare linux with a retail install of windows you will have to do so with Windows Vista or use a linux dating from 2006 or to be really fair compare it to one from 2001.

Windows 7 on netbooks has been proven to work incredibly well, it's not a myth or just hearsay from Microsoft. The public beta of Windows 7, proved that you can run Windows 7 on lower spec'd machines with everyday apps like Email, Web Browser etc.. In fact i know users that use netbooks with Visual Studio so they can show their projects on the move.

Having a universal driver model for Linux will push the platform no end, from a manufacturer's point of view why develop for linux as you have to do a lot of extra work, show source code etc, etc. I know if they open the spec's then someone else would write a driver, but what if they don't want to open their spec's, it's a free world and no one should be forced to do something they don't want to do both personally or commercially.

As said before a unified driver model api, which could be correlated to major kernel versions (i.e. .26 etc..) would be the big push linux needs.

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