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[5]: Clueless
by lemur2 on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 22:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Clueless"
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"According to a lot of people here, his hardware will be supported out of the box in the next ubuntu release.
That to me is on of the fundamental problems with Linux (or Linux distributions). One shouldn't have to wait for the next release and hope it's fixed then. I should be able to download a set of debs or rpms specifically for my laptop, install it and then just have all the drivers and hardware specific settings taken care. Much like it works in Windows "

You can download drivers as .deb files. What made you think that you couldn't?

The only caveat is this: the driver must be compiled for the specific kernel version you are running. If you change the kernel and you have some drivers which were installed as .deb files, they are likely to no longer be loadable. You will have to get a new .deb file of the driver, compiled against your new kernel version.

Having the driver included along with the kernel makes this un-necessary.

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