If you want an Asus Eee PC 1000H or an MSI Wind with a 6 cell battery, you’ll have to pony up about $550. For about $400 you can get a Lenovo IdeaPad S10, but it’ll ship with a 3 cell battery. And that means that Acer is the first PC maker to offer a netbook with a 6 cell battery, 8.9 inch display and 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU for under $400.
Amazon is taking orders for the Aspire One for $399.95. This version also ships with a 160GB HDD and Windows XP, which means you won’t be saddled with the slow SSD that plagues the Linux version of the Aspire One.
I don’t get why these companies even bother to tell us they’re offering GNU/Linux. Please excuse the strong language but I want it to be clear how this make a Linux user feel: They’re just fucking Linux users over. If I want the 6 cell battery, I have to buy the Windows XP machine, even though I don’t want Windows XP. Why am I having Microsoft crapware forced on me ?
Well, well done : less than $400 ! But did you forget that the 1000H and the Wind are 10″ screens ?
Tough call – 10″ screen with Lenovo or 6 cell battery. Hmmmm.
You can install the Acer Linux on any of the Aspire One computers: https://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=5
Load Ubuntu, Fedora, or even the Original Linpus.
You can even install OS X if you want: https://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=66
Don’t confuse hardware and software, you can always change the software easier than swapping hardware.
So Linux users are forced to pay for Windows if the want the better hardware ? Why should I pay the windows Tax for something I don’t want ?
Damn those computers went away fast 🙁 Hope it will be available somewhere else during 17-25 september when I’m going to NY.
What a bummer.
My neighbor has the Acer One with Linux and there is no way I am getting my wife one where I have to worry about virus, spyware, malware, trojans and similar Windows crap.
She doenst have to get a Mac but I sure as hell am not trouble shooting a decrepid 8 year old OS.
The thing that is holding me back from buying the Acer is the horrible battery life.
They come out with a cheap 6 cell batttery price and its Windows only.
So its sub 2 hours battery or use an OS I gave up on 3 years ago when I bought a MacBook. Sorry but Im sticking with Linux for the OS.
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