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: Sadly, similar experience
by Vargol on Sun 1st Mar 2009 17:58 UTC in reply to "Sadly, similar experience"
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And yet I install eeebuntu standard 2.0 on my EEE 901 and the only post install setup I had to do was run eee-config and that was just to stop hddtemp moaning on boot that the SSD's didn't have a temperature sensor.

Funny thing about anecdote's someone as always got one that shows the exact opposite.

Edited 2009-03-01 17:59 UTC

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RE[2]: Sadly, similar experience
by Kroc on Sun 1st Mar 2009 18:03 in reply to "RE: Sadly, similar experience"
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I require a standard of usability and decency to the end user that goes beyond what the average geek determines as "good enough". I care greatly about UX and I find Linux distro’s greatly lacking in polish, or even the slightest care toward the end user; now that may very well be just down to the fact it’s a) free and b) done by volunteers.

You just have to compare eee distro’s with HP’s custom frontend for the mininote and you get the picture.

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SlackerJack Member since:

Oh, it's not like Microsoft or Apple do this is it?

Lets face it, Linux has to do twice or even three times the work to get near selling their OS on hardware. If Windows was so perfect as they claim then tech support lines wouldn't be needed.

Things DON'T just work like people claim all the time. Companies(and users) need to get a grip and take control, rather than pass it off as 'Linux is not ready or is lacking in what Windows can do' .These people are running out of excuses fast because that's what it is.

Edited 2009-03-01 18:57 UTC

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gilboa Member since:

You just have to compare eee distro’s with HP’s custom frontend for the mininote and you get the picture.

lets see,

In-order to use Windows XP on more-or-less any notebook, you need a custom manufacturer supplied slip streamed version of XP/SP3 with all the required drivers and updates.
Try installing a vanilla XP SP2 CD, and you'll end up with a nice blue screen.

... But when a Linux distribution fails to autodetect/autoconfigure/etc everything out of box (with little, if any, manufacturer support), people start complaining about lack of polish/not ready for the desktop/etc.

Did I miss anything?

- Gilboa

Edited 2009-03-02 18:24 UTC

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