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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1. Desktop development is piss-poor in the Linux world as it is, and certainly with what some have chosen to use.

2. Getting third-party software available in a sane format is not possible on any distribution. This has nothing to do with a standard package format as manufacturers would do it if it was available in even one distribution.

3. Getting third-party software installed for an end user is a whole world of hurt unless it comes within a repository somewhere - if you're lucky.

I'm afraid this is not good enough.

What do you mean by "third-party software"? One could argue that on Linux pretty well all software outside of, perhaps, the kernel and a tool chain is third-party software. A couple of examples, perhaps?

Maybe there is an element of horses for courses here. If a platform doesn't offer the software you require, then no need for a drama, just use another platform. Better to do that, surely, that get stuck with all the hype and a platform that doesn't do what you want.

The great thing here is that there's more than one platform. Poor software - exclude clearly flagged alphas, betas and suchlike - is the developers saying "Your time and convenience are worthless to us" to which the only answer unless you're a masochist is "No thanks and bog off".

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