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.
Thread beginning with comment 351686
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

99% of the times, Vista works as expected when it comes pre-installed in a major brand. So I don't NEED to tweak anything. But with Linux, more often than not (also evidently from the linked by the article Ubuntu-AspireOne help page), you HAVE to tweak it to make it work as expected.

So yes, Vista for my next netbook (or just XP). Sorry.

Edited 2009-03-04 20:00 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

ReeBop Member since:
2009-03-01

That is a very valid comment, Eugenia. I think though that you should place "I" in bold instead of "NEED" as I would certainly expect a preinstalled Vista to be properly tweaked by Microsoft and/or the netbook manufacturer. I would also expect the same from whatever Linux distribution was chosen to be preinstalled as well. I'm not an Ubuntu user so I can't comment on anyone's trouble with using it on the Aspire One. Mandriva worked fine for me but that distribution is not everyone's cup of tea. I can say that it is still very much an uneven playfield with Linux or BSD distributions against the steamroller from Redmond as many manufacturers of popular hardware still will not play fair, but I digress. I do know about your frustration with Linux documentation and until this problem is dealt with, there will be many that will go your same route. I choose to use a Linux distribution in the hope that I and what others observe will make it a better experience for all and the hope that there will be a fair choice of operating environments for computer users.

Reply Parent Score: 1

lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

99% of the times, Vista works as expected when it comes pre-installed in a major brand. So I don't NEED to tweak anything. But with Linux, more often than not (also evidently from the linked by the article Ubuntu-AspireOne help page), you HAVE to tweak it to make it work as expected. So yes, Vista for my next netbook (or just XP). Sorry.


No need to apologise.

It is IMHO a pity that you have decided this. Vista will gobble up many SSDs completely just to be able to run Notepad and Calc.

The next version of Ubuntu (9.04) is due for release at the end of April. That version will have wireless drivers for the AA1 included as native.

I am running Kubuntu 9.04 myself right now. For some reason, I can't say exactly what it is ... but it is a speed freak. Seriously. It is the fastest desktop (on the same machine) that I have ever tried, and I have run quite a few on that particular hardware.

Maybe it is a combination of factors. Maybe they fixed the I/O Wait bug in the kernel. Maybe it is KDE 4.2. Maybe it is Qt4.5 (but I don't think so). Maybe it is the sum of all these ... but seriously, if your machine can run it (and a netbook should easily be able to), Kubuntu 9.04 is going to be super quick by the looks of it.

http://www.itnewstoday.com/?p=198

"I think the first thing I noticed about this release is how stable and fast it is. EXT4 is not the only upgrade that I can credit for its speed, there is something else to blame too. I’m not sure what it is (maybe something in the kernel) but Kubuntu 9.04 is definitely a speed demon on the two machines I put it on. In fact, it’s actually extremely stable too."

Reply Parent Score: 1

ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

99% of the times, Vista works as expected when it comes pre-installed in a major brand. So I don't NEED to tweak anything. But with Linux, more often than not (also evidently from the linked by the article Ubuntu-AspireOne help page), you HAVE to tweak it to make it work as expected.


The thing is Ubuntu didn't came pre-installed on the Aspire One (I'd bet you wouldn't have that kind of issues if you had bought an Ubuntu laptop from Dell).

While Linpus is certainly lacking in some areas (namely software updates), it supports all the hardware out of the box and is quite snappy.

Reply Parent Score: 2

Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Yeah, but I needed a real distro that would let me install the apps I needed, not a toy like Linpus was.

Reply Parent Score: 0

Ringheims Auto Member since:
2005-07-23

99% of the times, Vista works as expected when it comes pre-installed in a major brand. So I don't NEED to tweak anything. But with Linux, more often than not (also evidently from the linked by the article Ubuntu-AspireOne help page), you HAVE to tweak it to make it work as expected.

So yes, Vista for my next netbook (or just XP). Sorry.


If you wanted to run Ubuntu, why did you not buy hardware which is fully compatible with it? Running on a flash drive is also suboptimal in any situation. This is like bying a standard laptop to run OS X and expecting the works.

Good luck with XP or Vista. 6 months thereafter it will be full of malware and bloat, unless you tweak and configure it to keep those things out, in addition to evaluate anything you'll install closely for malicious features. And even then you cannot be sure.

Reply Parent Score: 1

darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You know what? I'm sick of seeing that old malware line run rampant. Yes, there's malware for windows. Yes, you can get it if you lack common sense, but that applies to any platform. Common sense, and knowing enough to not open something like FamousMovieStarNudePics.exe is a better defense than any virus protector. In the end, it doesn't matter what os they're running, malware spreads more by social engineering than any other method these days. It'll be the same in OS X if it ever becomes more dominant than Windows, no amount of operating system security is going to save idiot users from themselves if they insist on running something unsafe. It'd be the same for Linux too, malware writers don't target Windows because of its security flaws--though it does make it easier--but rather because it is the os used by the most people, the prime target if you will.
I don't like Windows either, I prefer OS X and *NIX. But FUD doesn't help, and the malware line is getting very old at this point. What next, you going to point out the blue screen of death as if it still happens every day like it did in 9x? There's plenty wrong with Windows without having to dredge up the old stereotypical issues that are less of a problem.

Edited 2009-03-05 20:37 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

99% of the times, Vista works as expected when it comes pre-installed in a major brand


You can't seriously be comparing pre-installed Vista with user-installed Ubuntu?

Reply Parent Score: 4

Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Why not buy Linux pre-installed ?

Reply Parent Score: 1

darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Because Linpus is a toy?

Reply Parent Score: 1