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]: Clueless
by segedunum on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 15:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Clueless"
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...yet there were two (not one, but two) re-masters of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Why would there need to be a re-master? There should be a pretty straightforward way of upgrading one to the other. There seemingly isn't.

...both of which would work properly out of the box on his hardware and solve every single one of the issues he raised...

Given the comments around this article, there is some reason to doubt that. However, Thom himself did manage to get Ubuntu to work on his and he moved to Windows later for other reasons. We'll get to what those are below.

Then he complained that he couldn't get help from the Acer website, when it was the Acer-supplied Linux software that he found limited and constrained and was trying to replace in the first place.

Make of all that what you will.

I'll tell you what I make of it. Linux distributions are still piss-poor at adding support for hardware to a distribution after release, other than making yet another new bloody ISO, and piss-poor at providing a sane way of developing, adding and installing third-party software. If that was actually possible in a sane way then you might have got a nice front-end written and helped by Acer such as HP's one for the Mininote and a wealth of help and support from Acer. You don't. Guess why?

I don't doubt that there are draconian Microsoft/OEM agreements out there, but with the internet as a distribution medium today Linux distros should be making this exceptionally easy to do to slip through the 'net'. They're not.

Mind you, if such software was written then we would get moans from the crowd if it isn't open source, and those moans would probably be coming from the very same people who argue about licensing to allow free proprietary development.

It's a nuthouse at times.

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