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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Satisfied with Ubuntu
by Aubrey on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:19 UTC
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2009-03-04

I have been running Xubuntu 8.04.1 on my Acer One since I got it. I'd have to say it was pretty easy to get everything working. The idea that following a command-line recipe on a single web page is in some way "hacking" is a bit rich IMO. 15 minutes after a (very quick) install, I had wireless, web cam, etc working fine.

On the downside, I agree with the poster who noted the slowness of the One's SSD. There were actually two SSD versions produced - one twice the speed of the other, but undocumented. I got a slow one and it was a dog. I replaced mine with a fast photo card and, while performance was boosted significantly, it is nowhere near as stable as it should be (disk errors are reported about once a month, generally recoverable). The One is also the worst machine I have ever had in terms of ease of opening for routine hardware upgrades.

Upgrading from Xubtuntu 8.04.1 to 8.10 reduced functionality for me - using an external monitor was "plug and play" in 8.04.1 but requires endless fiddling with 8.10 (I have found 8.10 to have general problems with screen resolution and rendering on other non-netbook machines too).

My early experience with the Ubuntu 9.04 alpha is that boot times are significantly reduced.

I think it is quite unfair to review Moblin as a distro - the alpha2 image is simply a demo of certain Moblin features operating on a cut down Fedora base - The boot times and responsiveness of moblin are incredible IMO (15 seconds from a USB stick) and I'm looking forward to seeing those features ported to Ubuntu and other distros later this year as promised.

Finally, I'd really recommend that Linux netbook users steer clear of Gnome and KDE. Lighter weight DEs are far more suited to these machines and give a very different impression of their speed and stability. I'm using e17 but even Xfce is a marked improvement over Gnome.

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RE: Satisfied with Ubuntu
by sakeniwefu on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:55 in reply to "Satisfied with Ubuntu"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26


Finally, I'd really recommend that Linux netbook users steer clear of Gnome and KDE. Lighter weight DEs are far more suited to these machines and give a very different impression of their speed and stability. I'm using e17 but even Xfce is a marked improvement over Gnome.


This is very sound advice. I cannot understand the popularity of Gnome when there is a clearly better-looking, faster and more stable alternative(XFCE) that is also GTK+ based, especially when speed is required like in netbooks.

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RE: Satisfied with Ubuntu
by lemur2 on Thu 5th Mar 2009 02:00 in reply to "Satisfied with Ubuntu"
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2007-02-17

Finally, I'd really recommend that Linux netbook users steer clear of Gnome and KDE. Lighter weight DEs are far more suited to these machines and give a very different impression of their speed and stability. I'm using e17 but even Xfce is a marked improvement over Gnome.


KDE 4.2 on Kubuntu Jaunty is quite fast enough to run on a netbook. It has acquired quite a speed boost since Hardy and Interpid. I know this because I run it. Wait for Jaunty to come out though before trying KDE on a netbook, because versions earlier than Jaunty may disappoint.

My own policy for running KDE on a netbook involves sticking strictly to GTK applications plus KDE4 applications. I think perhaps this is the real trick. Avoid KDE3 applications and GNOME applications and especially Mono applications in the mix, as installing and running these will all add extra libraries, eat up RAM, and generally slow things down.

I can't accurately speak for the default GNOME desktop in Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04, because I ahven't tried it, but I do believe that it ships by default with Mono libraries, which I would speculate might be a bit heavy going.

Edited 2009-03-05 02:02 UTC

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