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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"Sugar buns"? Since I'm 20 years your senior, that is not worthy of me commenting further. Did I mention any "OEM" CDROM? No. I said "off the shelf" as in from your computer store or even Wal-Mart. I do not consider an OEM CDROM an "off the shelf" boxed product. I certainly know you didn't use an Acer CDROM as I purchased mine from fully aware that they did not offer a CDROM for restoration purposes. Actual Acer CDROMs are $40 extra. With that being said, I saw nothing in your article stating that you used your OEM cdrom to do a Windows XP install from scratch. You did mention that you went through the initial booting steps such as I did when I unpacked my unit so I made the assumption you had the exact same experience I did. I can see that this will become a "vi vs. emacs" debate here so I'll leave this point for my next.

I want to revisit your comment about:

Yes, I did require downloading the drivers - but unlike the Linux world, they could be all easily obtainable through the Acer support FTP.

So everyday people will naturally and easily research and locate their needed drivers from the Acer FTP support site. I think not. At no time did I have to download source to any Linux kernel module driver and compile it. The Mandriva DVD contained everything I needed from the start and installed properly. My only issue was getting the unit's webcam to operate in Skype, for which I found a solution.

I am not going to say that all is perfect in the Linux world with installers and especially, documentation. I am going to say however that Linux has made great strides since I loaded SLS in the early 90's and (at least from the point of view of my Mandriva and Fedora experience) fares well against a company that was found in violation of the US Sherman Antitrust Act in the year 2000.

I do agree with several other posters in this comment thread that netbook (forgive me Psion) manufacturers make unfortunate choices in Linux distributions. I chose Mandriva for a specific reason that if I had any trouble, I would know how to solve the issue (a Mandriva / Mandrake user since version 5.2). I had only the single problem with the webcam setup, however. One thing that should be made clear though is that Linux is a kernel, the software you loaded were distributions. Your blog states "Linux review" when in fact you chose three different distributions. I chose Mandriva, read a little on user's feedback and did my install. You chose three others and did no research at all yet you did take the time to research Acer's FTP site.

Is changing the default installed operating system for the typical enduser? No. I do think the Acer would shine under Mandriva preinstalled. Mandriva Linux does exactly what I want in my Acer Aspire One.

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