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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darknexus
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The exe file was an example, I wouldn't run, say, "Download TotallyAwesomeMusic.sh" in Linux either. That's where common sense comes into play.
Obviously you're not going to get malware from official software repositories, or at the very least it's unlikely to happen. That's like saying you'd get a piece of malware from the iPhone app store or similar distribution scheme. Although, I must say, if there ever was a bit of malware for Linux that did infect the software repositories... well, the results would make some of the individual malware on Windows look like nothing at all by comparison.
Of course the other problem with most of the major distributions is their release cycle schemes. Ubuntu 8.10, I'm looking at you here, released just a few weeks before OO 3.0. I've since moved to the Jaunty alpha, so not sure if 8.10 has OO 3.0 in backports yet, but the point is I had to go outside the repositories to get OO 3.0. Yes, I did need 3.0. That's where the software repository concept breaks down when used on a traditional release cycle, inevitably you will have to look elseware for up-to-date packages until the next official version of that distro comes out. If you need OO 3.0, for example, right now, waiting six months is not an acceptable solution. Now, a rolling revision repository, such as Arch, is a different matter. In general, rolling release is, imho, better for the desktop, while a strict release cycle is better for the server world.

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