John Karr on 17 Sep 2009 11:26:04 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Hitting the Netbooks

I'm happy with my decision to purchase an Acer Aspire One 751 Series. The
751 series (Gateway has something similar) cross the line from netbook to
ultralight. Mine has 2gb ram a 250gb hard drive, a screen that is
14.5x25.5cm -- 369 cm2 (I consider the diagonal measurement system
meaningless now that more than one screen size is common), and a keyboard
that while still tight qualifies as a full keyboard. It weighs only a little
more than a kilogram. All for $350.

The downside is that like every other laptop I've bought new that it didn't
work out of the box with Linux. With Ubuntu 9.04 you have to install a patch
in order to get the 1366x768 optimal resolution on the screen, which is
overall not bad, especially since wifi works out of the box -- on my last
laptop I had to buy a PC Card and disable the built-in wireless. The only
other complaint I have is that the synaptics touchpad more so than on my
older laptop makes it impossible to type. The system came with Windows
Vista, which is so slow as to be unusable, on UNR the Home Screen takes 15
seconds to load a tab, but using firefox, opera and rdesktop I have no
performance complaints.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Floyd Johnson
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:38 PM
Subject: [PLUG] Hitting the Netbooks

Dear PLUGgers,

I'm considering getting a netbook in the next four months, and plan to shell
out no more than $350 for such a thing.

Which netbooks have given you all the greatest Linux success, and which were
more turkey than penguin?

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