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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by segedunum on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 23:07 UTC
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While I am a pretty strong advocate of open source software in many uses and the share and share alike philosophy of the GPL (it works basically), it's always astonishing to me how clueless people are as to how far off we really are at getting a fully integrated open source destop system to compete with Windows.

All Kaiwai was pointing out is that there is only so much of the "Oh, just read this guide, and oh, just point to these repositories" advice you can take before it simply becomes counterproductive. Why the hell is this article not relevant, and why should it not be posted? Are we supposed to say nothing about desktop Linux and say nothing against demi-Gods like Ubuntu?

I think we all need to get a firm grip and admit where we are a long way short in the open source, free desktop world.

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