Best Netbook OS: Ubuntu vs. XP vs. Windows 7
Feb 12, 2009, 16:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)
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"First off I installed Ubuntu 8.10. Overall the
installation process was quick and simple -- something that I've
come to expect of this particular Linux distro -- and I ended up
with a snappy OS.
"Problem was, a lot of things seemed flaky. The most obvious of
these was the fact that the trackpad seemed to behave very oddly
and the Wi-Fi just wouldn't work. I later also discovered that the
special Fn (function) keys weren't working, something which I was
"These issues aren't deal-breakers by any means, and solutions
are at hand. A good source of information was Ubuntu's own help
site, which provided me with solutions to most of the issues I'd
noticed. It also informed me about a few issues that I hadn't
noticed relating to the speaker sounds not cutting out when
headphones are used.
"At best, when running Ubuntu 8.10 on the Samsung NC10 you end
up with most of the Fn keys not working (brightness does, but all
others, such as monitor switching and sleep, are dead), a
non-functioning Wi-Fi on/off switch and no trackpad multi-touch.