My AAO D250 came pre-installed with Windows XP Home on it. It runs like a stoned turtle slugging his way through quicksand without his morning coffee. ;-) I would rather it perform as it says on the label, like the Energizer rabbit charged up with steroids and pumped up by Air Jordans. (Or something to that effect.)
I read Justin Pot’s article at — http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/jolicloud-operating-system-download-for-netbook/
— in which he picked Jolicloud OS as his favorite netbook-specific system. I tried the OS on it once before, and found I didn’t much like it, for two main reasons:
1) I’m not always online and don’t use social network sites at all (and don’t much care for having to register my email to get access to the software repositories or system updates). I like having the Explorer (or whatever Linux’s term is for the file manager) open to find my documents and folders, and the cloud-based screen takes a lot of getting used to.
2) Perhaps more so, I’m not exactly comfortable with my files in the “cloud” or backed up to external servers like DropBox or Google Docs. I prefer the security of knowing where my stuff is and who’s looking after it. ;-)
I was, however, pleased with the hardware and device support that Ubuntu Netbook proper didn’t yet offer (and perhaps doesn’t still). Even XP would sometimes freeze Explorer when a USB key was plugged in and give the occasional “This device will perform better if plugged into a USB 2.0 port” (when obviously the AAO only has 2.0 — was there ever a 1.0, I wonder?
But that was in 2009 when the JOS still was in beta stages (which is perhaps why I had to register my email?), and I had just gotten my AAO and found XP crashing repeatedly after a mere six months of use. Should I give the JOS another shot, or what are some other options? Is anyone familiar with Darn Small Linux or Windows C.E., or perhaps something else?