Now coming to the real thing and how it works.
This is the Hardware Configuration that the system comes with:
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core 1.6 Ghz t2330
Memory: 1GB of DDR2 Ram.
Hard disk: 160GB SATA
Graphics: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator x3100
RICOH 5-in-1 card reader
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
802.11 b/g wireless LAN
Inbuilt acer crystal webcam
Winbond CIR Transceiver
Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter
Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
DVD Super Multi
4 USB ports
The system's hardware config is good enough for running windows vista. But for some strange reason, it doesn't come with Vista. It comes with a command line version of linux called Linpus Linux. If Acer wanted to put Linux in it, they could have gone for some higher end version like Fedora or some Debian release.
I initially installed vista after I got my laptop. Installing vista was like walk in a park, with Vista itself detecting most of the drivers. However, it is recommended that you manually install all the drivers that comes with the Resource CD. Once all the drivers are done with, the laptop works out pretty well. I got a rating of 3.1 in Vista which is higher than what I got on my home system which was only 1.5 . Definitely, for a man working with a single core(no hyper-threading) processor , this was more than to ask for.
Everybody knows that Vista cannot be used without licensing. So I installed ubuntu, in a couple of days. Thats when the probs started showing up. First no sound, then no wireless, I felt I was in a no-where to go island. But thanks to Google and Ubuntu support forums, I got all fixed up.
For all users out there, who suffer from driver problems with ubuntu. try googling and especially goto ubuntuforms.org. They got step by step illustrations on how to get thru the installetion of sound and wireless in ubuntu. They work to some extent. One major thanks to ubuntu. It detected my bluetooth automatically.
Recently, I had a problem with my card reader and must really admire acer's customer service. They fixed my laptop back to factory condition in 2 days.
I love my Acer!!!!!