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

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


Kaiwai has a point. I don't do these obscure Linux distributions either. You have no idea what their staying power is or how well tested they are.

I only stick to the major distributions. I don't have time to keep track of the ten billion million others.
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They are Ubuntu re-masters. The tools for re-mastering are provided by Ubuntu.

http://blog.mypapit.net/2006/12/remaster-and-customize-ubuntu-cd-wi...

These projects just take stock ubuntu, remove unused bits (in the case of the AA1, nvidia drivers would be an unused bit), add extra drivers not in the stock Ubuntu distribution (for AA1 this would probably be the wireless driver), and then publish the re-mastered iso.

It is basically just "an Ubuntu LiveCD + required drivers - unrequired drivers".

It points you to the Ubuntu repositories. In short, it is really just Ubuntu in terms of support.

Ubuntu Hardy is a LTS release.

"I don't do these obscure Linux distributions either."


Are you quite sure of that?

http://www.osnews.com/story/20721/Linux4one_Ubuntu_for_the_Acer_Asp...

Thom:
Linux4one Ubuntu for the Acer Aspire One
"Linux4one, a modified Ubuntu, could be a good alternative."

Oooh look, you even knew all about what I have said here.

Edited 2009-03-02 11:50 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29


""I don't do these obscure Linux distributions either."


Are you quite sure of that?

http://www.osnews.com/story/20721/Linux4one_Ubuntu_for_the_Acer_Asp...

Thom:
Linux4one Ubuntu for the Acer Aspire One
"Linux4one, a modified Ubuntu, could be a good alternative."

Oooh look, you even knew all about what I have said here.
"

Could be good alternative, oh yes. But we don't know that for realsies, now, do we? That's the meaning of the modal auxiliary verb "could" in this context. You know, remoteness of possibility.

Remaster or not, it still depends on people I don't know nor trust, who could be gone tomorrow, who might have made changes that break packages nobody uses but me, or their changes might even make the whole installation unstable.

Some of us have actual work to do, and we can't afford these stab-in-the-dark distributions.

Edited 2009-03-02 12:06 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"I don't do these obscure Linux distributions either."


" Are you quite sure of that?

http://www.osnews.com/story/20721/Linux4one_Ubuntu_for_the_Acer_Asp...

Thom:
Linux4one Ubuntu for the Acer Aspire One
"Linux4one, a modified Ubuntu, could be a good alternative."

Oooh look, you even knew all about what I have said here.


Could be good alternative, oh yes. But we don't know that for realsies, now, do we? That's the meaning of the modal auxiliary verb "could" in this context. You know, remoteness of possibility.

Remaster or not, it still depends on people I don't know nor trust, who could be gone tomorrow, who might have made changes that break packages nobody uses but me, or their changes might even make the whole installation unstable.

Some of us have actual work to do, and we can't afford these stab-in-the-dark distributions.
"

Oh come on, Thom.

As I already said, and as you probably know ... a re-master is "Ubuntu + required drivers - unrequired drivers". Required drivers are typically compiled from SVN or git code that has not yet made it into distribution releases. The kernel version and the driver versions are pegged. Everything else is stock Ubuntu.

Either the drivers and kernel works on first install, or they don't. You can even verify this at the "liveCD" stage, before committing it to your hard drive. You don't have to "trust" anybody ... you can verify for yourself that it works or not.

Remember ... the non-stock parts are "pegged". Forevermore they are at the version as you first install it.

Now, given all that, how exactly is your following comment relevant:
"who could be gone tomorrow, who might have made changes that break packages nobody uses but me, or their changes might even make the whole installation unstable"

Pegged ... remember?

PS: they get away with this "pegging" because, typically, netbook hardware never changes either. Can't do this for a stock desktop PC.

Edited 2009-03-02 12:31 UTC

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