Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems To add to the amounting anecdotes of late, another Acer Aspire One review appears. Not to be confused with Thom's or Eugenia's, which were different models, this review concentrates on the ZG5 version of the Acer Aspire One and how well Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu 8.10, and Moblin 2 run on it, particularly in the everyday-netbooker's sense of functionality with word processing and Internet applications. Read on to get the full scoop on the One and these selected systems.
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Hmm
by d0od on Wed 4th Mar 2009 16:57 UTC
d0od
Member since:
2009-02-25

You should remember than Moblin is also more-or-less geared towards touchscreen devices more than netbooks - hence why you think it looks more like a glorified calculator.

Interesting you give Ubuntu less marks than Windows 7 even though Windows 7 runs slower. Surely in a netbook start-up speed and access to programmes are preferable, and maybe you're a bit biased as your 'must have apps' are Windows only?

Also quite unfortunate you didn't choose to use Jaunty Jackalope alpha instead of 8.10 for a bit of differentiation between this and every other Acer Aspire review on the net-o-sphere. Jaunty includes most of the well known netbook's hardware drivers out of the box. It is also better optimized for netbooks and would have likely been your winner.

Out of all the Acer Aspire reviews on the net i'd give this one a very generous 6. Everyone and their dog has written reviews on XP, 7 and Ibex on netbooks. Maybe (for OSnews, after all) you could've tried a BSD, OpenSolaris?

Edited 2009-03-04 16:59 UTC

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RE: Hmm
by BluenoseJake on Wed 4th Mar 2009 21:44 in reply to "Hmm"
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2005-08-11

Interesting you give Ubuntu less marks than Windows 7 even though Windows 7 runs slower. Surely in a netbook start-up speed and access to programmes are preferable, and maybe you're a bit biased as your 'must have apps' are Windows only?


Ubuntu left too much not functioning after install. Windows 7, which is still beta, had a better experience out of the box then Ubuntu 8.10, that's why it scored better.

At least that's what I took away from the article.

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RE: Hmm
by weildish on Wed 4th Mar 2009 22:43 in reply to "Hmm"
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2008-12-06

You should remember than Moblin is also more-or-less geared towards touchscreen devices more than netbooks - hence why you think it looks more like a glorified calculator.

Exactly, but even still-- the particular version was made for netbooks (even though it'll be ported to handheld devices later on). Netbook-wise, the system gets a 4 and for good reason-- it just doesn't work so snazzily on a netbook. I reviewed these with a netbook in mind, not an MID. However, Moblin definitely has potential and I hope to see it go far.

Interesting you give Ubuntu less marks than Windows 7 even though Windows 7 runs slower

I didn't run any benchmarks-- I merely measured the user experience. For all intensive purposes, Ubuntu 8.10 and Windows 7 seemed to run about at the same pace. Both were a bit slower with opening programs than other systems-- that was the biggie. The reason it got less of a score than 7? Well, perhaps wireless not working out of the box isn't much of a problem for others, but it's personally rather annoying. If you missed the part that said, "If the wireless was included naturally in the distribution without having to do any serious tweaking, Ubuntu would be as ready and as able (if not more) than Windows 7 to be a netbook system."

As for my 'must have apps,' the only one for me really is Microsoft Access 2007 to manage the finances I previously mentioned. Otherwise, many of the programs available for Ubuntu and many other open source OSs I think work very well, especially for a netbook. You don't need as much for a netbook. For my desktop, I still prefer using Adobe Photoshop and Premiere on Windows, but I still can get along just as well on Linux.

You have good points on that I should have reviewed other systems. I would have liked to. In all honesty, I had tried several other distributions including (but not limited to) a BSD, Arch, and RiscOS, but either they didn't work with Unetbootin (I wasn't very willing to try making it bootable from the USB drive another way-- I had tried other ways that failed as well and were much more time consuming) or they weren't live installers and instead needed to boot up and download the data to install; these didn't work with a wireless or a wired connection on my One. In the end, I just didn't have the time to keep on trying distribution after failing distribution. Otherwise, I would have loved to try out Arch on this as I have heard a lot of good things about it and haven't used it of yet.

Edited 2009-03-04 22:45 UTC

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RE: Hmm
by kaiwai on Thu 5th Mar 2009 01:54 in reply to "Hmm"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

You should remember than Moblin is also more-or-less geared towards touchscreen devices more than netbooks - hence why you think it looks more like a glorified calculator.


Also, from what I understand, Moblin is still under very heavy development at the moment - it is hardly fair to compare final and near to final products to something that I'd consider alpha quality at the moment.

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