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Hands on With Acer's Aspire One Netbook

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| From boot up to shut down, the Aspire one was a pleasure to use. Boot up took
| just 12 seconds due to the Linpus Linux Lite OS it runs. That compares to 30
| to 40 seconds on other mini-notebooks I've tested running Microsoft Windows
| XP. Aspire one can also come with Windows XP, but after trying out the one
| with Linpus Linux, I'm not sure I'd want XP.
| What Acer did best with Aspire one was focus on the Internet.
| The Aspire one is designed for Internet use and comes loaded with software.
| The home page that opens on boot up offers software options right away,
| including a browser, an all-in-one email box, unified messaging center, media
| software and Office-like software.


I've just seen it claimed somewhere that ASUS lost sight of its plans because
rival Linux-based laptops (including some from Dell) challenge its Ballnux.
See the review below for starters.

They fight. Using Linux.


Test Bench: Flash-based laptops

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| The Acer owes its speedy start in part to its Linux-based operating system,
| which is far more nimble than Windows. Of course, you won’t have access to
| Windows-compatible software, but the custom-built Linux interface is friendly
| and you get a full set of office, media and internet applications on its 8GB
| solid-state drive.
| [MacBook Air just 4/5.]
| ASUS EEEPC 901 £319
| The Asus EeePC was the first, revolutionary solid-state, bargain basement
| laptop. This latest version is the most refined yet. Our review unit ran
| Windows XP and comes with Microsoft Works and StarOffice preinstalled.
| However, the version running Linux offers faster start-up speeds and speedier
| performance - the Intel Atom processor and 1GB of Ram frankly struggles with
| XP, although the 20GB of memory is generous.



Review: Acer Aspire One notebook computer

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| Windows XP Home will be available on more expensive Aspire One models, but
| this one uses the free Linux operating system with a selection of useful
| programs installed. We liked the ability to start both Firefox and Openoffice
| Writer from the front screen, and the email and instant messaging programs
| can cleverly connect to several services.


Aspire One: the netbook Eee PC killer from Acer?

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| The Aspire One is definitely a contender, coming with the Linpus version of
| Linux and enhanced with a friendly interface that looks graphically nicer
| than that which comes with the Xandros powered version of Linux on the Asus
| Eee PC.


Acer's Linpus Linux Lite (Fedora) ultra portable laptop piles the pressure on

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| Gianpiero Morbello, Acer’s Vice President of Marketing and Brand, interviewed
| by vnunet, said, bluntly, that Acer “has shifted towards Linux because of
| Microsoft”.
| He didn’t elaborate but went on to say, perhaps more importantly,
| that “Microsoft has a lot of power” which could make things difficult for
| them but they were nevertheless “determined to develop the Linux market”.
| That’s pretty bold talk but as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is
| in the eating. We’ll have wait and see if they have the stomach for a
| showdown with Microsoft when the threats start to come. Perhaps they might
| start backsliding like Asus. In the real world, Microsoft has real power and
| it has never been slow or afraid to wield it when its commercial interests
| are threatened. Linpus Technologies haven’t been behind the door either. As
| the software vendors of Linpus Linux Lite they have pitched their product to
| GNU/LInux novices and experts alike
| [...]
| The HP 2133 is another well spec’d contender but it chose to install SUSE, a
| Novell product that is being currently boycotted by many in the Unix
| community because of its link up with……Microsoft.


Acer punts £199... er... £220... er... Linux laptop

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| At launch, the company stated the basic version of the Eee PC rival would run
| Linux, pack in 8GB of solid-state storage and 512MB of memory, and sport a
| £199 price tag. Company officials stressed that that figure included VAT, the
| UK's 17.5 per cent sales tax.


Acer launches $500 Atom-powered Linux mini-note

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| Aspire One sports Intel’s Atom processor, an 8.9in screen and a $99 cashback
| deal on its $599 (Linux) and $699 (Windows XP) sticker price


Acer Aspire One

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| Many of us will be familiar with Linux-based operating systems, but
| relatively few of you will have seen the particular 'Linpus' implementation
| in the One. The home screen is divided into four sections: "Connect" for all
| Internet, instant messenger and email-related tasks; "Work" for accessing
| OpenOffice word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and database
| applications; "Fun" for the games, media player and photo management
| software; and "Files" for accessing your data. There's also a search bar at
| the top right that can be used to search the Internet directly or the files
| on the hard drives.


Acer bets big on Linux

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| Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and
| netbooks.


Microsoft sees slide in profits


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.



Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.


Man wins damages from Acer over Windows refund

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| Initially, Acer had offered only €30 if the man returned elements of the
| install at his own expense .

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