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 Doc Pain on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 02:29 UTC in reply to "Sadly, similar experience"
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

The current system on trial is eeebuntu 2.0 NBR; which is thankfully working, but took far more effort and googling that should be normal to correct terrible ‘Linux-isms’ like not being able to auto-login (deafult option during install) and connect to the wireless without prompting for the keychain password.


No auto-login as default (you can enable it right after install if you really intend to do so) is no "terrible 'Linux-ism'". It is a well intended means of security.

But I can understand the impression that lead you to this statement. Today's Linusi seem to abandon many security barriers in favour of giving the user a certain feeling of comforability, such as not to type a username and (maybe only a) password to use the computer. Especially when Linux is installed on such a portable device, it is understandable that there may (!) be no need for this security feature because (a) the machine won't act as a multi user system (which Linux usually is) and (b) the one who opens the device to use it will surely be the person who has the right to do so.

It's not that hard to "manually" change the system's behaviour afterwards. That's the advantage of Linux: It lets you do the things you want. If you don't need a username / password check at system startup - fine, just auto-login, no problem.

You got me right: Auto-login is nothing bad per se. There are settings where it is absolutely welcome, and there are settings where it is a complete no-go. Linux serves all those settings, and it would be stupid to introduce another Linux distribution which is the same as another one, just including the auto-login feature as default. :-)

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