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aysiu
September 23rd, 2008, 05:04 PM
I've had a number of people PM me about my Eee PC experiences.

PM's stand for Private Messages, and I believe private messages should be for private matters. People's experiences with computers shouldn't be private matters. They should be public matters.

If many people are PM'ing me about my Eee PC experiences, that means many people want to know what my experiences are, and if many people want to know, that means many people would benefit from seeing what those experiences are. If I PM back my experience, only one person sees the experience.

So I'm creating a thread. Please stop sending me PMs about "What's your Eee experience like?" This thread is my answer.

I did a number of blog entries about my experiences:
Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on the Eee PC (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/ubuntu-804-hardy-heron-on-the-eee-pc/)
Is the Eee PC for you? (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/is-the-eee-pc-for-you/)
The Eee - a week later (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/the-eee-a-week-later/)
How I’ve made myself at home with the Eee (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/how-ive-made-myself-at-home-with-the-eee-2/)
Sum-up Review of the Eee PC 4 GB 701 Model (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/sum-up-review-of-the-eee-pc-4-gb-701-model/)

If you're too lazy to read those, here's the bottom-line summary: It's usable and small. The keyboard takes getting used to. Everything works out of the box with Xandros. Xandros isn't as easy to customize as Ubuntu is, though. But with Ubuntu the boot times are much longer. I have only the 701. I have absolutely no experience with the 900, the 901, or any other version of the Asus Eee PC. I also have tried no other netbooks.

will1911a1
September 23rd, 2008, 06:20 PM
I didn't even bother removing Xandros from my Eee. I decided pretty early on that it came with everything I needed aside from storage space, which was easily fixed with a memory card.

swisscow
September 23rd, 2008, 06:46 PM
Had my 901 for a week (linux of course).

Love it, even Xandros doesn't seem to bad and I agree with the poster above that it seems to have everything I need for an on-the train laptop.

Only "fix" I had to do so far was to stop Xandros saving everything onto the SD card as root

Bungo Pony
September 23rd, 2008, 06:51 PM
When I tried out the EeePC, the only thing I found I didn't really like on it was the rocker switch for the mouse buttons. Other than that, it was a neat little PC the size of a DVD case.

earthpigg
September 23rd, 2008, 08:20 PM
great blogs, thanks for the info :)

mrtomcef
September 23rd, 2008, 08:37 PM
I have owned my Asus Eee PC 701 for 6 months. I've tried Xandros, Windows XP, and Ubuntu. So far, my favorite is Ubuntu 8.04 with the Netbook Remix interface installed. Overall a great laptop, but I'm still getting used to the small keyboard.

megabytemonster
September 23rd, 2008, 09:15 PM
Thanks for your notes. I think if I was to get a "subnotebook", I'd go with the new Dell one, purely because Ubuntu has been tweaked for it specifically. The start-up time doesn't surprise me, Ubuntu never seems particularly quick at that.

smartboyathome
September 23rd, 2008, 09:45 PM
Thanks for your notes. I think if I was to get a "subnotebook", I'd go with the new Dell one, purely because Ubuntu has been tweaked for it specifically. The start-up time doesn't surprise me, Ubuntu never seems particularly quick at that.

Ubuntu has been tweaked for the Eee PC 1000 too (http://www.zareason.com/shop/product.php?productid=16186&cat=0&page=1). I'm personally going to try to go with ZaReason because of their great reputation, as well as the fact they will modify Ubuntu and install it for me, saving me the trouble of having to find the drivers for Ubuntu or depending on a 3rd party distro. :)

richg
September 24th, 2008, 07:36 PM
I have had the small Xandros wireless 4G model since it first came out. Nice laptop. No need to mess with anything. The three hour battery time is ok with me. It is my choice for traveling over my Linspire "heavy"laptop.
My stepson who uses a XP laptop bought the 2G model for downloading and reading E books.

Not a PC for primary use.

I have a 3.2g, 2gb ram for heavy duty use which runs Ubuntu 8.04.

Bottom line, I do not care what the OS is as long as it works. I run applications, not Operating Systems.

Rich

Colro
September 24th, 2008, 07:49 PM
I love my 1000H, it's a bit larger then the 7xx and 9xx series, but the other ones are too small anyway. Since it's got a bigger resolution I almost never have to side scroll, and the battery life of the 6 cells is amazing. I'm able to pull 4.5-7 hours depending on what I'm doing with it. It's also able to stay on standby for ... well, a week probably, I've left it on standby overnight and only lost about 5% battery. The atom is quick as long as you don't push it too hard, and I don't have any issues at all with video playback being choppy. Very happy with my experience overall.

...except for one part: it's still running XP. I don't want to have to bother with fixing the half a dozen hardware incompatibilities this model has with Ubuntu, not to mention the lack of ability to change the screen's brightness with the function keys. Maybe once Ubuntu supports the hardware a bit better I'll try it out, but for my purposes XP is just fine on this little thing.

noremac
September 24th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Am I reading that you can indeed instal Ubuntu Netbook Remix on the Eee? Last I heard was that was not possible, yet. But it has also been a while since I checked it out.

I have a Eee 701 myself, with eeeXubuntu installed on it since shortly after I got it. I am rather happy with it still. I am fine with the keyboard, but really could use more desktop space, resolution. Thats the only thing that bugs me at all.

smartboyathome
September 24th, 2008, 11:20 PM
ZaReason can do it if you buy from them (which is what I'm planning on doing), but its just a matter of having the right drivers and kernel installed so that you can get the hardware to work.

computer_freak_8
September 30th, 2008, 03:28 AM
I've had a number of people PM me about my Eee PC experiences.

PM's stand for Private Messages, and I believe private messages should be for private matters. People's experiences with computers shouldn't be private matters. They should be public matters.

I admit, I was one of them. Here is my response to what you sent me back:


http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=927835

Aha! Thank you much. I didn't see that post. (I also had my doubts as to whether or not you would see if I started a thread.)

Thanks again, I appreciate it!
computer_freak_8

Post Script
I added it to my bookmarks so I won't lose it.

joebodo
October 2nd, 2008, 08:19 AM
I replaced xandros with Ubuntu 8.04 + netbook remix on my daughter's 701. Works great. With xandros, installing new software (mostly games) was difficult and trying to create new icons in the UI was nearly impossible.

The whole install took about 2 hours which included several fixes for sound, etc. I was able to find very good documentation from other's that have done the same thing.

I would not do this unless you have purchased an SD card for more disk space.

JDorfler
October 2nd, 2008, 08:36 AM
I have big, fat, meat hooks for hands. I bought one for my GF b/c I was tired of fixing my Win Partition every three days. She loves it, and it's great with her little fingers. Now she wants me to install Ubuntu on it. Go Fig. Wouldn't use Ubuntu on my Laptop, but will use it on hers.

EnGorDiaz
October 2nd, 2008, 08:38 AM
I've had a number of people PM me about my Eee PC experiences.

PM's stand for Private Messages, and I believe private messages should be for private matters. People's experiences with computers shouldn't be private matters. They should be public matters.

If many people are PM'ing me about my Eee PC experiences, that means many people want to know what my experiences are, and if many people want to know, that means many people would benefit from seeing what those experiences are. If I PM back my experience, only one person sees the experience.

So I'm creating a thread. Please stop sending me PMs about "What's your Eee experience like?" This thread is my answer.

I did a number of blog entries about my experiences:
Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on the Eee PC (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/ubuntu-804-hardy-heron-on-the-eee-pc/)
Is the Eee PC for you? (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/is-the-eee-pc-for-you/)
The Eee - a week later (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/the-eee-a-week-later/)
How Iíve made myself at home with the Eee (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/how-ive-made-myself-at-home-with-the-eee-2/)
Sum-up Review of the Eee PC 4 GB 701 Model (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/sum-up-review-of-the-eee-pc-4-gb-701-model/)

If you're too lazy to read those, here's the bottom-line summary: It's usable and small. The keyboard takes getting used to. Everything works out of the box with Xandros. Xandros isn't as easy to customize as Ubuntu is, though. But with Ubuntu the boot times are much longer. I have only the 701. I have absolutely no experience with the 900, the 901, or any other version of the Asus Eee PC. I also have tried no other netbooks.

thank so very much i was going to get an eeepc but i decided not bcus of alot of problems and etc but now i got my gamers pc i like it the way it is


p.s FOSS GAMES FTW!!!! :guitar:

uberdonkey5
October 2nd, 2008, 11:54 AM
love my eee pc, and kept Xandros. Keeping personal data on a removeable SD card yet having a factory restore button (to restore the operating system) is genius. Also didn't need to install codecs etc.

Infact, I have advanced mode installed, but I never really use it. Simple mode is quicker to use, and I can bring up programs like synaptic package manager through the terminal.

Though I love ubuntu, I am trying to pull myself away from 'prettyness' to functionality, and until I need more specialist software on eee pc (which I doubt I will), I'll stick with Xandros.