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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Ubuntu is anything but good on the AcerOne
by anduril on Thu 5th Mar 2009 01:13 UTC
anduril
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2005-11-11

I can't speak for Jaunty which isn't out yet but frankly, each new release of Ubuntu has left me more and more disappointed in terms of stability and proper QA. 8.10 was a crap shoot on my acer one. It worked, ok, well...except for the wireless randomly dropping out, battery life that averaged about 35mins less than XP (or vista) on the same machine and a resume from sleep that either worked or...well...borked miserably. The biggest icing on the cake was an update that completely terminated all networking functional of the machine; wired and wireless. After that I installed the Linpus distro that Acer ships on some models but it was too outdated.

If Windows 7 was out and about now and shipping, I'd install it in a heart beat. It was stable, relatively quick (really...how often do you boot your laptop? Sleep and hibernation are the way to play) Just about everything in its beta form worked great, no issues really.

Arch Linux however has come relatively close. Yes, the overall install took quite a few hours of tweaking and configuring but sleep works, wireless works, decent battery life, very speedy and it only takes about 3Gb of my 8Gb SSD drive with my most common programs. Guess it'll do till Win7 comes out

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I can't speak for Jaunty which isn't out yet but frankly, each new release of Ubuntu has left me more and more disappointed in terms of stability and proper QA. 8.10 was a crap shoot on my acer one.


Jaunty is only Alpha 5 at this point, so not everything works yet (eg Nepomuk still has trouble), but nevertheless it is showing very good promise in terms of speed and stability.

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

Drivers for netbook components should all work now as well. Kubuntu Jaunty boots in less than 20 seconds on my ASUS EEEPC 1000H, and it runs quite responsively as long as you turn off the compiz-like desktop effects bling. This is necessary on a netbook because the Intel graphics chip is quite pedestrian. Without that burden of the desktop effects though ... it really is quite fast ... and pretty stable considering it is still an alpha pre-release.

Should be good when it makes final release in April.

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