[plug] trying to buy a linux netbook (fwd)

Marcos Raul Carot Collins marcos.carot at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 14:03:00 WST 2010

On Lun, 1 Feb 2010 13:10:48 William Kenworthy escribió:
> > Don't know about the "Acer eM250 eMachines Netbook ", but from
> > experience (twice) and from forum discussions I'd leave SSDs a very wide
> > berth.  Apart from their unreliability they're slow, expensive and use
> > absolutely no less power.  The Linux based machines tend to have SSDs
> > and less RAM.  The Wintendo based machines tend to have more RAM and
> > real hard drives - 160gb+.
> >
> > Check out some of the problems with SSDs here abd other sections of the
> > same forum.  I'd bet that the Asus forums are much the same wrt SSDs.
> > http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=54
> >
> > Cheers
> > Kev
> Keep in mind that many of the reports come from windows users, earlier
> versions of which are not optimised for SSD's.
> SSD's require fiddly tuning including the proper choices for
> filesystems, options and ancilliary care (e.g., "trim")
> The most popular controller (i.e., cheap!) built into SSD's are
> apparently the ones with the highest failure rates.
> Properly setup, they can be blazenly fast (e.g., TuxOnIce suspend writes
> to disk) from some of the reports Ive seen.  Reliability is an issue,
> but I think that will improve once the technology is widespread, and the
> "duds" leave the market.
> BillK

SSD are really fast, the weakest point in this tech have been the controllers 
nad firmwares.

This is a LONG article that is a must read for anyone interested in the new 
storage technologies, and how SSD work, how they can deliver much better 
performance, but how bad controllers and firmwares have crippled those benefits:



Marcos Raúl Carot Collins

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