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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Ah, sugar buns, I am not using an acer oem cd - the oem cd provided was one bought through retail channels with SP2 pre-merged. In other words, what YOU saw was ME using a retail copy of Windows XP to install onto that device.

Again, this is not a Windows XP OEM from Acer, it has NONE of the drivers merged into the cd as the cd was bought via retail. For arguments sake, it is a retail copy of Windows XP. Yes, I did require downloading the drivers - but unlike the Linux world, they could be all easily obtainable through the Acer support FTP.

This is a complaint about Acer, not as you seem to imagine a complaint about "the Linux world".

Here is what "the Linux world" has tried to do for you:
"What's linu4one

Linux4one is an Italian distribution studied to work out of the box on Acer's Aspire One Netbook. Very well configured, the distribution is perfect also for those who are less experts.
Light version Characteristics

* Lxde desktop manager;
* Space occupied on disk: 1.5 gb;
* 40 Seconds boot time;
* Active Osd (meaning that if you press fn plus f7 or the wifi button the action icon appears, also present in the current 1.1 private beta testing);
* the wif led now turns off if the relative button is pressed (same as above);
* Functioning bluetooth (as above);
* eeepc 701 support;
* other improvements.....

Full version Characteristics

* Personalized kernel
* Reduced Boot times (even with SSD)
* Functioning hardware from the start, including SD readers (the left doesn't act as Storage Expansion but as regular Card reader) and wireless led
* Minimum disk writing (log. etc.) to preserve duration
* Various optimizations to enhance the system's reaction times
* OSD for special keys
* Netbook Remix Interface
* Italian and English language (other languages will be added as well)
* Based on ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS ( 3 year support) resulting in repository access
* Kernel 2.6.28, Openoffice 3, Netbok manager 0.7 and VLC with codec
* Prelminary support for Asus eeepc 710"

Downloadable from the one spot. All drivers included. Free access to over 20,000 additional packages, browseable and installable via the one common secure interface. Guaranteed malware-free.


Edited 2009-03-02 11:08 UTC

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