Life with Ubuntu NBR on my Acer Aspire One
I've had some time now to evaluate Ubuntu NBR on my Acer Aspire One and I've come to a simple simple conclusion...
...I LOVE IT!!!
I've not had a single compatibility issue nor any reliability issues. I am able to function (very highly, might I add) with this OS on my netbook. I've done a lot of different tasks with no issues.
For dealing with my multi-computer life I have the built in support of Ubuntu One. I am able to store files locally and on the web through this built in file storage service. Whether I am at my Netbook or my PC I have access to all of the files that I'm working on.
For dealing with MS Office documents I have the latest version of OpenOffice. I am able to keep up with my Excel loving boss and my presentation loving peers using OpenOffice. I've done massive analyses and written entire decks using OpenOffice and no one has caught me yet! OpenOffice's compatibility with all of the regularly available MS products has saved me time and time again.
For dealing with images I have the GIMP. I previously adopted the GIMP years ago when I realized that my pirated copy of PS2 was WAY out of date. I've continued to use the GIMP and advise all of my cost concious friends to do the same. The fact that it's baked in to Ubuntu NBR makes it even more user friendly.
For dealing with web development I have gedit, which I used to shun for vi on linux machines. No more!!! vi has become a nightmare now that I have joined the ranks of the living! gedit is a great editor and has awesome, built-in color coding and sdk capabilities for so many languages that I haven't even gotten to experience them all.
To sum it all up, if I were you I'd run out and get Ubuntu NBR for my netbook...and hey, you don't even need to actually run anywhere. The best netbook OS can be found right now, even from your couch!