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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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Ah, sugar buns, I am not using an acer oem cd - the oem cd provided was one bought through retail channels with SP2 pre-merged. In other words, what YOU saw was ME using a retail copy of Windows XP to install onto that device.

Again, this is not a Windows XP OEM from Acer, it has NONE of the drivers merged into the cd as the cd was bought via retail. For arguments sake, it is a retail copy of Windows XP. Yes, I did require downloading the drivers - but unlike the Linux world, they could be all easily obtainable through the Acer support FTP.


This is a complaint about Acer, not as you seem to imagine a complaint about "the Linux world".

Here is what "the Linux world" has tried to do for you:
http://www.linux4one.it/
"What's linu4one

Linux4one is an Italian distribution studied to work out of the box on Acer's Aspire One Netbook. Very well configured, the distribution is perfect also for those who are less experts.
Light version Characteristics

* Lxde desktop manager;
* Space occupied on disk: 1.5 gb;
* 40 Seconds boot time;
* Active Osd (meaning that if you press fn plus f7 or the wifi button the action icon appears, also present in the current 1.1 private beta testing);
* the wif led now turns off if the relative button is pressed (same as above);
* Functioning bluetooth (as above);
* eeepc 701 support;
* other improvements.....

Full version Characteristics

* Personalized kernel
* Reduced Boot times (even with SSD)
* Functioning hardware from the start, including SD readers (the left doesn't act as Storage Expansion but as regular Card reader) and wireless led
* Minimum disk writing (log. etc.) to preserve duration
* Various optimizations to enhance the system's reaction times
* OSD for special keys
* Netbook Remix Interface
* Italian and English language (other languages will be added as well)
* Based on ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS ( 3 year support) resulting in repository access
* Kernel 2.6.28, Openoffice 3, Netbok manager 0.7 and VLC with codec
* Prelminary support for Asus eeepc 710"



Downloadable from the one spot. All drivers included. Free access to over 20,000 additional packages, browseable and installable via the one common secure interface. Guaranteed malware-free.

Enjoy.

Edited 2009-03-02 11:08 UTC

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

So the best you can do is provide me with a link to an obscure linux distribution from Italy which I would never have known about had you not provided me a link to it.

The opportunity for 'Linux' to make its way onto my Netbook was last week, not today. Where were you and your distribution one week ago when I was trying to get Linux working? where was this distribution? if it is so damn useful then it should be appearing when I put acer aspire one linux distribution in google.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

So the best you can do is provide me with a link to an obscure linux distribution from Italy which I would never have known about had you not provided me a link to it.

The opportunity for 'Linux' to make its way onto my Netbook was last week, not today. Where were you and your distribution one week ago when I was trying to get Linux working? where was this distribution? if it is so damn useful then it should be appearing when I put acer aspire one linux distribution in google.


This is the very first link that comes up when you put your suggested search term (acer aspire one linux distribution) into google:

http://www.liliputing.com/2009/01/kuki-linux-custom-distro-for-the-...

What do you know, another one! Both of them re-masters of Ubuntu.

Kuki Linux.

http://kuki.me/

... and a reference to Linux4One in the second sentence of the Lilliputing article.

I think perhaps you possibly may not have tried very hard to look.

Edited 2009-03-02 11:32 UTC

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nobody Member since:
2006-06-02

Also note in the support forum the usual Linux idiosyncrasies:

No 3G.
No sound after suspend.
iPod mounting.
Unstable wifi.

Same old story.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

This is a complaint about Acer, not as you seem to imagine a complaint about "the Linux world".

Tut, tut. Stop blaming the manufacturer please. This is a complaint about the Linux world, and the complaint is that you cannot easily add hardware and software support to any distribution as easily as he has laid out there with the Windows alternative.

Why?

1. Desktop development is piss-poor in the Linux world as it is, and certainly with what some have chosen to use.

2. Getting third-party software available in a sane format is not possible on any distribution. This has nothing to do with a standard package format as manufacturers would do it if it was available in even one distribution.

3. Getting third-party software installed for an end user is a whole world of hurt unless it comes within a repository somewhere - if you're lucky.

I'm afraid this is not good enough.

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moleskine Member since:
2005-11-05



1. Desktop development is piss-poor in the Linux world as it is, and certainly with what some have chosen to use.

2. Getting third-party software available in a sane format is not possible on any distribution. This has nothing to do with a standard package format as manufacturers would do it if it was available in even one distribution.

3. Getting third-party software installed for an end user is a whole world of hurt unless it comes within a repository somewhere - if you're lucky.

I'm afraid this is not good enough.


What do you mean by "third-party software"? One could argue that on Linux pretty well all software outside of, perhaps, the kernel and a tool chain is third-party software. A couple of examples, perhaps?

Maybe there is an element of horses for courses here. If a platform doesn't offer the software you require, then no need for a drama, just use another platform. Better to do that, surely, that get stuck with all the hype and a platform that doesn't do what you want.

The great thing here is that there's more than one platform. Poor software - exclude clearly flagged alphas, betas and suchlike - is the developers saying "Your time and convenience are worthless to us" to which the only answer unless you're a masochist is "No thanks and bog off".

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