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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On Ubuntu, you DO NOT need to compile any drivers to get it working on an Aspire One. You just need to install the Intrepid Backports Modules package and tell it to use the "ath5k" wireless driver from it. No compiler necessary.

Next time before complaining, why don't you learn about the object of your whinging.

Also, Linux runs on a huge variety of processor architectures. There's no such thing as a binary that can run on PowerPC, ARM, x86, x86_64, x64 (Itanium), MIPS, m68k etc without having to be recompiled from its source code. That's why kernel drivers are distributed as source code, so they can be compiled for your processor. Incidentally, that's why Windows on an Itanium processor really sucks; all Windows-based hardware and software vendors distribute their drivers as x86 binaries, and you can't use them on Itanium. It's the same friggin' problem as Windows NT on PowerPC - you would have thought Microsoft would encourage hardware and software vendors to distribute source code and included a compiler so people on Windows' other supported architectures could enjoy the same level of support as x86.

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