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 dagw on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 11:23 UTC in reply to "I don't get this one"
dagw
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As for installing it, it has gotten easier and faster than Windows XP any day.

Yes and no. Out of the box the latest Ubuntu on my laptop for example works maybe 90%, and technically it is fully usable. Unfortunatly getting those last 10% is an epic pain in the arse (but possible after a few days hacking). So it's not a case of closed source and propritary drivers, its simply a case of no distro having included and configured all the necessary components.

Windows XP on the same laptop out of the box maybe 60% of everything works. However getting those last 40% is as simple as going to the vendors homepage, downloading a few exe files, and running them. After that everything works exactly the way it should, no more fiddling.

So perhaps Linux doesn't need to improve relative to XP on any technical front, it can use some improvements to the simplicity of actually leveraging all those technical advantages.

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