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.
You should remember than Moblin is also more-or-less geared towards touchscreen devices more than netbooks – hence why you think it looks more like a glorified calculator.
Interesting you give Ubuntu less marks than Windows 7 even though Windows 7 runs slower. Surely in a netbook start-up speed and access to programmes are preferable, and maybe you’re a bit biased as your ‘must have apps’ are Windows only?
Also quite unfortunate you didn’t choose to use Jaunty Jackalope alpha instead of 8.10 for a bit of differentiation between this and every other Acer Aspire review on the net-o-sphere. Jaunty includes most of the well known netbook’s hardware drivers out of the box. It is also better optimized for netbooks and would have likely been your winner.
Out of all the Acer Aspire reviews on the net i’d give this one a very generous 6. Everyone and their dog has written reviews on XP, 7 and Ibex on netbooks. Maybe (for OSnews, after all) you could’ve tried a BSD, OpenSolaris?
Edited 2009-03-04 16:59 UTC