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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2005-07-06 need a custom manufacturer supplied slip streamed version of XP/SP3 with all the required drivers and updates. Try installing a vanilla XP SP2....

Yer. You can still install XP SP3 and install what you need and the software can be downloaded from Acer and other manufacturers.

... But when a Linux distribution fails to autodetect/autoconfigure/etc everything out of box (with little, if any, manufacturer support), people start complaining about lack of polish/not ready for the desktop/etc.

Yer well it isn't, and there's no point in making excuses. You might like to ask yourself why manufacturers don't want to put in that work and why it is so damn difficult to do with any Linux distribution.

Did I miss anything?

Yes. Everything.

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