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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by echo.ranger on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 06:13 UTC
echo.ranger
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I just purchased an AA1 two weeks ago and have had little difficulty getting Xubuntu 8.10 working on it. I did run into some problems with the wireless and onboard ethernet but the Ubuntu Aspire One wiki pages note the problems and acceptable workarounds (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne110L). Mine also came with XP (and 1G RAM and an 8G SDD onboard) and I found that XP ran much much slower than Xubuntu. I kept XP on it for less than 24 hours before moving to Xubuntu and haven't looked back. I'm thinking about the Jaunty netbook remix when its finally released, but until then I have a netbook that I can bring anywhere and get connected (with the linux-backports-modules-intrepid package).

I'd give Ubuntu 8.10 another shot, with a little bit of prodding (and the above links for running Ubuntu on an Aspire One) it really is a useful machine.

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