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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"I think perhaps you possibly may not have tried very hard to look.

Kaiwai has a point. I don't do these obscure Linux distributions either. You have no idea what their staying power is or how well tested they are.

I only stick to the major distributions. I don't have time to keep track of the ten billion million others.

They are Ubuntu re-masters. The tools for re-mastering are provided by Ubuntu.

These projects just take stock ubuntu, remove unused bits (in the case of the AA1, nvidia drivers would be an unused bit), add extra drivers not in the stock Ubuntu distribution (for AA1 this would probably be the wireless driver), and then publish the re-mastered iso.

It is basically just "an Ubuntu LiveCD + required drivers - unrequired drivers".

It points you to the Ubuntu repositories. In short, it is really just Ubuntu in terms of support.

Ubuntu Hardy is a LTS release.

"I don't do these obscure Linux distributions either."

Are you quite sure of that?

Linux4one Ubuntu for the Acer Aspire One
"Linux4one, a modified Ubuntu, could be a good alternative."

Oooh look, you even knew all about what I have said here.

Edited 2009-03-02 11:50 UTC

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