Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Sep 2008 21:33 UTC
Windows A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Acer Aspire One notebook, the variant which came with an Acer-modified version of Linpus Linux. This version was locked-down and difficult to modify, so not too long after I installed Ubuntu, and was reasonably pleased - despite the amount of tweaking it took to get it working. A few days ago, however, I realised Linux wouldn't be ideal for me on my netbook. Due to pragmatic reasons, I'm now running Windows XP.
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Comment by merkoth
by merkoth on Thu 4th Sep 2008 22:58 UTC
merkoth
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2006-09-22

Thom, I'm not really surprised you were able to get better performance with XP for the following reasons:

1) It's a five years old OS. Your netbook has more similarities with an old desktop than with a modern one. But as long as it covers your needs...

2) A fresh XP install is fast. It's been fast for a few hardware generations. The problems arise when you start adding stuff like... your software, which includes crap like antivirus and antispyware tools. And I bet that, in a few months, your netbook won't feel as snappy as it feels now.

3) XP was, and still is, extremely configurable resource-wise. A friend of mine is able to strip a non-nLited XP install to a bare 40 megs of memory consumption. Before installing apps, however.

I'm a Linux user and I wouldn't install XP on my netbook for sure but, hey, the right tool for the right worker for the right task ;)

On a completely unrelated note, I'm a bit disappointed by the Aspire One SSD performance, I was really looking forward to get one and install Ubuntu in it ;)

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RE: Comment by merkoth
by cyclops on Thu 4th Sep 2008 23:07 in reply to "Comment by merkoth"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"1) It's a five years old OS."

Its a 7 year old OS

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RE: Comment by merkoth
by helf on Fri 5th Sep 2008 00:12 in reply to "Comment by merkoth"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

I love how people always mention AV software. Yeah, I have some installed, but it is NOT running in the background at all. I manually run it about once a month. I never have viruses or anything of the sort.

gah... ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by merkoth
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 5th Sep 2008 05:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by merkoth"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I love how people always mention AV software. Yeah, I have some installed, but it is NOT running in the background at all. I manually run it about once a month. I never have viruses or anything of the sort.

gah... ;)

I've given up on anti-virus software in my last, oh, seven years using Windows (and I've used it for about ten). They all want you to pay, pay, pay, and try to install themselves as deep down as possible, with every "automatic" feature (ie. autostarting, services, etc.) they can. Running low on your "protection" time? Let the nagging begin! You may have found one with no added services--I have too--but in my experience, those tend to suffer badly in other areas, to the point that they aren't worth using either.

And which one to get to begin with... they all seem to have major annoyances... like trying to put EVERYTHING in one central program, including crap that has nothing to do with viruses (firewalls, spam filtering, adware and spyware, etc.), plus the resource hoggers, and those that break your system unless you uninstall (or even refuse to let you cleanly uninstall!). And yeah, I've seen some that don't hide any of those "extras" and are glad to shove it right in your face, to get you to subscribe to that too.

Of course, I've moved away from Windows about two years ago, so this doesn't effect me at all anymore. If I wanted to do a quick virus scan, I could use ClamAV, but I haven't felt the need to do a virus scan in so many years, it's not any funny... even when using Windows. Just some common sense and proper judgement when it comes to trusting third parties, and maybe a Google search, and I'm safe.

Viruses and trojans and friends vs. anti-virus software... if I had to choose one, I'd shoot myself. Thankfully, by using your brain, you can avoid malware without intrusive anti-virus software (though anti-spyware/adware like AdAware can be useful still), and by using a better built operating system, you can avoid them almost completely.

Edited 2008-09-05 05:40 UTC

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