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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While that is great and all, and I don't doubt Microsoft is going to leverage some power here as they have always done, Linux distributors need to be making it far easier for manufacturers and OEMs to choose the cheap or free Linux option and squeeze Microsoft on these devices. They need to add hardware support to an existing distribution faster, add software support faster and easier and prolong the life of a given distribution as a result. The distribution medium of the internet gives them the opportunity to totally bypass traditional OEM channels that Microsoft controls.

Even if an OEM is reluctant to use a Linux distribution on its devices, the weight of software and hardware support and an installed base of the back of it would force them into it.

It's doable. Alas, they're just not making it happen.

What incentive do linux distributors have to do this if you want it done for little or no money? The whole reason they are distributing linux is because it is profitable for them. At the end of the day I bet most companies couldn't care less about their "community driven" distributions as long as their bread and butter enterprise solutions have paying customers with long term support contracts.

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