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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Ubuntu 8.04 works with EEE1000H
by Ringheims Auto on Sun 1st Mar 2009 21:51 UTC
Ringheims Auto
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2005-07-23

I had an Asus EEE 1000H for a short while, and it worked excellently with Ubuntu-EEE 8.04. Wifi, bluetooth, suspend, webcam, everything.

While I don't know which hardware is in the Aspire One, I suspect they do not have open drivers, and thus are problematic to support officially by the kernel. Better buy hardware with open specifications and drivers if you want it to work with Linux. Although many netbooks come with Linux preinstalled, often the drivers for various hardware are proprietary, and difficult to get working properly with other distros.

For me I'm eyeing one of the ARM based netbooks coming out soon, and I hope these will be better concerning these things.

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