December 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm #159964
Looking at this netbook for my daughter and my partners child, so would need 2 aaarrrhhh
Operating system is Linux which i do not have a clue about. I know they would love the NC10 they cannot even breath next to my beautiful Blue NC10. lol.
I know they would use this for you tube and messenger but don’t know if Linux is capable of this. What do you think. I can’t afford 2 NC10’s. They have normal desk tops pc’s so they don’t need a big hard drive. But they would want to go on web pages like google as well.
Mod Edit: Fixed link ~jezDecember 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm #174823jezMember
The Aspire One fairs quite well imo. The smaller size was the deal breaker for me I think.
Linux is pretty capable but the problem you might have is with expanding it and installing new things. Personally I find things always seem a bit harder when using Linux. Finding the right software versions, finding the right drivers etc. That’s not to say it can’t be usable but in a Windows world it just makes things a little harder. Of course that’s no problem if you only ever intend to use it with what you get “out of the box”.
I doubt there is a Linux version of MSN (someone jump in here if I’m wrong..!) but there are free open source messenger progs that will run and should be compatible with the MSN network. You might find that video is hard to use though. Like I say, everything seems a little harder with Linux.
The other activities should work fine.
The price is the key here. At Â£100 less you start to forgive the downsides. You’ll find that it might be a little less usable than an NC10 but it depends on what you use it for I guess. You do get what you pay for in this case. It’s not as good as an NC10, but it costs less – so no one could blame you for buying a pair 🙂December 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm #174829
Thanks Jez, appreicate your comments. I don’t really know what to do about this. They need a notebook with xp i think but cannot really afford this. They can’t share as my 14 year old duaghter does not live with me. They would definatly need messenger and you tube (the youth of today)
What happened to the good old days when a stick and hoop was all the rage lol. And no i am not that old before anyone says anything.December 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm #174825dougpMember
You can use Pidgin on Linux for the messenger – and YouTube works fine. The only thing that sucks about Linux is it can’t interface with iPhones or Touches.December 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm #174830
Thanks dougp. I have just googled Pidgin i did not know this existed, as i know nothing at all about Linux. Shame of me.
They don’t have iphones so that won’t matter. As long as the can get onto messenger and youtube, then they will be over the moon. That was my main worry with Linux. It looks like they may get the Acer One after all for Christmas.
Again thank you.December 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm #174826dougpMember
You might want to check eBay also for cheap copies of XP home, maybe you can install it like that … but the plus side of Linux is, they won’t get a virus.December 12, 2008 at 8:24 am #174831
Thanks for your advice. I was thinking about ebay as well. By the time i have paid out for xp i was thinking maybe i should just get the Advent 4489 netbook at Â£199 (my old heart is beating even quicker now) just trying to read some reviews on it. At least if i did get this it would work striaght out of the box so to speak.December 12, 2008 at 9:50 am #174824jezMember
Edited link above! It was an affiliate link for another site – see where it says camp_id=ukhustle. It now uses the sammynetbook one.
For those that don’t know and in the interest of transparancy, if your last click before purchase is from one of my links I get a couple of quid from the sale – woohoo! This then pays for my hosting – yay! Don’t feel obliged to use my link, but if you feel the site has helped you then woohoo!
Cheers.December 12, 2008 at 10:00 am #174832
I am so sorry. I was in a rush to get to work, trust me to mess up.December 12, 2008 at 10:10 am #174827s162000Member
So what is that Advent 4489 model? Looks like an MSI Wind with a smaller screen? If so thats a good price at Â£199December 12, 2008 at 10:33 am #174833
I have reserved 2 of these, tried to see if that was the best price as i need 2 they said it was. So much for the credit crunch. Have checked other web sites and they are from Â£199 – Â£245. So i guess i am sure i will be getting them from there.
I must admit that compared to our NC10’s these are nothing special to look at BUT my daughter and partners son will love them though.
Strange but I seem to be comparing every laptops/notebooks to a NC10 now and i have only had mine for a day or 2.December 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm #17482871notoutMember
I bought one of these for my wife to use.
She uses OpenOffice for college and Firefox for browsing (both pre-installed).
I added Skype and VLC Media player using the excellent guides on http://www.AspireOneUser.com as I am a complete Linux noob, but I also believe the Linpus version installed on the Aspire One is somewhat locked down.
The guides are easy to follow, the UI is great for non-techie bods – as long as they are near a plug they will be sound (crap battery life!).
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