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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Thom is a professional troll (ie a "journalist"). You can't have page views without controversy and drama. That's why he posts these stories, because he knows it will make him $$$.

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lemur2 Member since:

Thom is a professional troll (ie a "journalist"). You can't have page views without controversy and drama. That's why he posts these stories, because he knows it will make him $$$.

The best response, however, is merely to point out how the issues can be worked around. It doesn't hurt also to point out how the issues arise when they are put in place by parties other than those who write the software. There is absolutely no point, however, in denying that there are issues. Let's keep the discussion focussed on how any issues may be overcome.

Although, having said that, and given Thom's passion about denying issues with DRM, malware, slowness, and other anti-user features of Microsoft's OS, perhaps it is expected beahviour on OSNews to just loudly deny any issues and slander anyone who brings them up?

Edited 2009-03-01 23:36 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Interesting how people are attributing all sorts of opinions to me before I've even said a word myself about this article.

You see, I disagree with Kaiwai. Ubuntu ran just fine on my Aspire One, it took a little bit of work, yes, but worked fine after that. The reason I moved to Windows on this thing was for practical reasons, the biggest among which was the fact that my university's wifi is so bloody messy and complicated it's just too much of a hassle to set up on Linux - not Linux' fault, as I've said in a few articles, but my university's.

Linux works just fine on the Aspire One. Yeah it takes some work if you want to install Linux on the Windows version, but hey, if you want to install Windows XP on the Linux version (like I had to) it's a bitch as well: driver hunt, preparing a bootable USB Windows XP installer, it's all a mess.

The problems with some of the people in here is that they block out anything I say that does not fit within their paradigm of "Thom is anti-Linux" or "Thom is anti-Apple", despite the fact that I use all of those EVERY DAY, and have a lot of fun doing so. I advocated open standards and Linux support in universities, but me doing so doesn't fit within lemur2's ideas about me, so you never hear him about that - he much rather just attack me and paint me as anti-Linux troll, for instance.

Seriously, you guys need to grow up. Running OSNews is a tight-rope job, and I'm just SICK of people telling me I'm only in it for the money or to make Linux look bad. I spent countless hours EVERY day, even in the weekends, working on a website dedicated to bringing the news on all sorts of alternative platforms, drawing people to this website with stories about mainstream software, and then hoping they see the news about the little guys as well, doing my part in spreading awareness about alternatives.

What the frak have YOU to show for yourself, lemur2? mrhasbean? sirhomer? How many hours a day do you spend on writing about Linux, BSD, Haiku, Syllable, and whatnot, trying to do your part in making the computer landscape more diverse? Or is all you have to show for yourself comment after comment attacking folks like me, who work hard every day on bringing you all the news?

Seriously, I'm fed up with you crybabies. If you can't stand your pet project getting a few clubs with the criticism stick, then please stick to the single-interest fanboy sites on the web.

Seriously. Bunch of ungrateful asses.

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Moulinneuf Member since:

I am gonna disagree Managing editor are never troll on their own site , that they manage ...

Thom is Thom , and on OsNews the majority of us like Thom , not gonna say that we all agree all the time with him or all agree with him at the same time , only speaking of my own observation here , but in majority he as more valid point that are worth discussing then just simple controversy and drama , we should thank him once in a while for his somehwat good job , and the other OsNews staff for there excelent job with the site , but that's why the private message system exist , if you don't like him at all , might I sugest you go on another site or create your own , who would be more to your liking , for your own good ... Or again use the private message system to suggest change to him and his editorial that are valid , constructive and beyond the guter level of You suck , your a troll , you smell , your never gonna make my list of editor I like ...

You have the right to disagree and even express an opposite of THOM own opinion or editorial , politely , can even insult him if you can take the punishment that goes with it.

What right you don't have is to constantly harass him with no valid reason or explanation or his editorial in the comments and make up stuff about him. Like you keep doing recently.

Perhaps the moderator should delete your post and the following comments , since it has zero value with the article opinion or any valid discussion relating to the subject of the article ... It also break the TOS.

Delete mine too will at it ... Thom must not know I defended him ;-)

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sirhomer Member since:

You can be a troll on your own site. I'm just pointing out the obvious, there is no way to post something like this and not expect the kind of responses that come along with it. I'm pretty sure that Thom is intelligent and knows this. So I think he posts flamebait and does it on purpose. Because look any post that is trollish enough is going to get 100+ comments and lots of pageviews. That's just how it works. This is how the site makes money. It can't make money without all the drama.

PS: I don't like being grammar nazi, but your grammar and punctuation is almost to the point of ridiculousness. Please lay off the comma key on your keyboard.

Edited 2009-03-02 04:09 UTC

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