Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems To add to the amounting anecdotes of late, another Acer Aspire One review appears. Not to be confused with Thom's or Eugenia's, which were different models, this review concentrates on the ZG5 version of the Acer Aspire One and how well Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu 8.10, and Moblin 2 run on it, particularly in the everyday-netbooker's sense of functionality with word processing and Internet applications. Read on to get the full scoop on the One and these selected systems.
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Aspire One and Ubuntu 8.10
by Eugenia on Wed 4th Mar 2009 19:07 UTC
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Two things, after months of using that system with Ubuntu 8.10:

1. My wireless hardware does NOT work if I was coming back from "sleep". I had to literally delve into some new kind of configuration that it is NOT mentioned in that AspireOne Ubuntu help pages. For some people wifi seems to work fine, for some it doesn't. I am willing to bet that there are different iterations of the hardware chip used. Yes, I have tried both wifi drivers for that chipset, same problem with both (trust me, I've done my research).

2. The flash-based Aspire One is one slow son of a bitch. Ubuntu is simply not optimized to run on flash. In fact, no Linux distro is (not even when in cellphones). The kernel drivers/code that deal with flash still need a lot of work. I have applied any tip imaginable to make the system faster, but all I get is slowness, slowness and more slowness -- followed by small periods of time where not even the mouse moves, and then it comes back to life.

Other than these two problems, and the much smaller problem (comparatively) of some apps not fitting on 1024x600, everything else works fine.

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