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[3]: Clueless
by broken_symlink on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 16:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Clueless"
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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?


Well, in a perfect linux world, they wouldn't have to worry about adding support, because everything would be in mainline and if something isn't supported in one release you just upgrade the kernel package and there it is you hardware is supported!

The problem is that linux is a second class citizen to most hardware companies. All resources are poured into making windows drivers and linux drivers are put on the back burner. Just look at companies like nvidia. However, even then its not good enough, because unless they get those drivers into the mainline linux kernel things will never become as easy as windows.

Things are improving, but it will take time. According to a lot of people here, his hardware will be supported out of the box in the next ubuntu release.

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