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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Inflated Ubuntu score
by Tom K on Wed 4th Mar 2009 20:47 UTC
Tom K
Member since:
2005-07-06

Okay, to summarize the Ubuntu portion:

- Wireless doesn't work without hacking
- Camera doesn't work without hacking
- Microphone doesn't work without hacking
- Wired Ethernet doesn't work (not mentioned whether this is fixable)
- Power management issues during power state changes; black rectangle on screen for minutes

Then the author makes comments like:

"Aside from some *very minor bugs*, it is a *very netbooker-friendly* system"
- Clearly not friendly in the least

"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"

And then he gives it a 7/10. What's that about? I would personally give this user experience a 3/10, at most.

Clearly, there is a tendency on the part of the reviewer to be a bit more "lenient" with Linux. This is unacceptable. No one in their right mind would want to go through that ordeal and at the end think "Yeah, this is pretty good, I'd give this a 7/10".

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RE: Inflated Ubuntu score
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 4th Mar 2009 20:57 in reply to "Inflated Ubuntu score"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

That depends on how you look at it. This is a site for OS enthusiasts, so we don't mind a little tweaking. Getting it to work might suck, but doesn't affect our enjoyment of the system too much.

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RE[2]: Inflated Ubuntu score
by Eugenia on Wed 4th Mar 2009 21:35 in reply to "RE: Inflated Ubuntu score"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Getting it to work might suck, but doesn't affect our enjoyment of the system too much.


Speak for yourself Thom. This thing left me without internet while in Europe. It wasn't an enjoyment at all. Since I came back from Europe, I have not turned on that laptop again. I am back using my 6 year old powerbook.

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RE[2]: Inflated Ubuntu score
by dvhh on Thu 5th Mar 2009 00:57 in reply to "RE: Inflated Ubuntu score"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

That depends on how you look at it. This is a site for OS enthusiasts, so we don't mind a little tweaking. Getting it to work might suck, but doesn't affect our enjoyment of the system too much.

by we do you also mean OS X fans, that basically use apple product because "it just work" (tm) ? or Was I reading another website concerning apple news ?

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RE: Inflated Ubuntu score
by cmost on Thu 5th Mar 2009 02:45 in reply to "Inflated Ubuntu score"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

And then he gives it a 7/10. What's that about? I would personally give this user experience a 3/10, at most.

Clearly, there is a tendency on the part of the reviewer to be a bit more "lenient" with Linux. This is unacceptable. No one in their right mind would want to go through that ordeal and at the end think "Yeah, this is pretty good, I'd give this a 7/10".


Come on now, you should know by now that to criticize Ubuntu in any way shape or form on any public forum (even when deserved) is to incur the wrath of the *buntu fanboys full force. I should know.

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RE[2]: Inflated Ubuntu score
by Tom K on Thu 5th Mar 2009 23:44 in reply to "RE: Inflated Ubuntu score"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

You're absolutely correct.

Will the Ubuntu gods accept a sacrificial OS X disc as an apology for my insolence? :-(

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RE: Inflated Ubuntu score
by 3rdalbum on Thu 5th Mar 2009 12:27 in reply to "Inflated Ubuntu score"
3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

>> - Wireless doesn't work without hacking

No hacking required, you just install a new driver from Synaptic Package Manager and disable the old one.

>> - Camera doesn't work without hacking

Camera works out-of-the-box.

>> - Wired Ethernet doesn't work (not mentioned whether this is fixable)

Wired Ethernet works out-of-the-box, otherwise you'd never be able to download the wireless driver, would you?

>> - Power management issues during power state changes; black rectangle on screen for minutes

I've never seen that on mine.

I think 7/10 is a reasonable score for stock Ubuntu on the Aspire One. That machine really needs something more lightweight. Ubuntu 9.04 will have wireless OOTB and possibly boot up and shut down faster so it'll probably do better, and hopefully it'll fix the weird little bug that probably nobody but me notices*.

*If you have the machine plugged into an external monitor and you close the lid, it stops sending a picture to the monitor. Open it again and press space bar and the picture comes back. Close it again and everything works as it should. It's just that first time, it stops sending a picture to the external monitor.

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RE[2]: Inflated Ubuntu score
by Tom K on Thu 5th Mar 2009 23:45 in reply to "RE: Inflated Ubuntu score"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

That's not what the review said.

Just out of curiosity, would you describe yourself as a Linux fanboy?

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