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[2]: Replies to the blog replies
by kaiwai on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 23:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Replies to the blog replies"
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... is fixed by using an Ubuntu re-master designed for your netbook. The kernel and drivers are "pegged" at the specific re-master version that works, and everything else is stock Ubuntu.

There is no direct equivalent to this in Windows world ... it is not quite like an OEM repair disk image of Windows, nor is it like a stock Windows + downloaded drivers. It is actually better than both.

Apologies in advance for removing the quotation - the whole quoting system on this website is f--king horrible given that it doesn't allow embedded quoting (quoting inside quoting).

You are right, however, how long is this 'custom kernel' going to be maintained? I've been in situations where I've embraced a distribution that appeared to be great only to find that within 6 months the community dies off and I'm stuck with an unsupported installation of Linux on my computer.

My concern isn't just about whether it is supported now but whether it will be supported 6-12-18-24 months from now - that is the test as to whether an operating system is suitable for an end user.

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