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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RE[2]: Sadly, similar experience
by samiam on Wed 4th Mar 2009 19:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Sadly, similar experience"
samiam
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2009-03-04

you know nothing about linux

I'm sorry, but this is what we call "Freetard behavior" on the Linux haters blog. Don't blame the user or imply they are the problem for having problems with Linux.

There are PBCAK issues (issues caused by the end-user's lack of computer clue), but the truth is most of Linux's problems are not PBCAK problems.

My issue is not that Linux doesn't work like Windows. I'm a big fan of FVWM1 (I never liked FVWM2, since it's "focus follows mouse" was broken, and I don't like how they changed the configuration file format) and love using FVWM1 with Xclock in the corner and a bunch of xterms and a browser window across virtual screens for my development environment.

there aren't virtual desktops

No virtual desktops? Windows has a "show desktop" icon on the taskbar that makes working around this easier.

he console doesn't work properly

Horrible CLI? I agree; this is why, on Windows computers I work with, I install MSYS (part of MinGW), which gives a reasonable subset of *NIX (bash, gawk, etc.) in a small package. If I want more of *NIX than that (such as "du" and "perl"), there is always Cygwin.

The issue with Linux is that the drivers are a mess. There is no stable API/ABI for drivers. This forces me to use either a stable kernel that doesn't support my hardware, or an unstable kernel that may or may not support my hardware.

I'm sorry, but with Windows, I don't have to upgrade from Windows XP to Vista to get, say, my sound card to work. Why should I have to upgrade from a perfectly stable Linux (CentOS 5.2) to an unstable Linux (Ubuntu 8.10, which was so bad I reinstalled XP again after a month) just to get all my hardware to work? Why can't a seven-year-old version of Linux work with new hardware, yet a seven-year-old version of Windows works fine with all of my hardware.

Right now, I use Windows XP for most of my work, and have a VMware virtual machine with CentOS 5.2 (with FVWM) for my open-source development work.

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