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[News] More Rumours About ASUS EEE Going Back to GNU/Linux on Sub-notebooks

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Open Source Eee PCs in October, Chrome OS Netbooks Coming

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| Awesome news from Engadget about the open source future of the next 
| generation of Eee PCs. Their 'spies' have uncovered information that the 
| first Moblin-running Eee netbooks will be in stores come October. Asus, the 
| Eee PC manufacturer, is apparently considering making open source OSes an 
| option for all their netbooks in the future.     



Updated EEE Linux OS for EEE PCs (700, 701, 900, 901, 1000H etc)

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| ASUS never rolled much needed updates for the EEE PCs that ran their Xandros
| Linux OS. No upgrades were given to the (poor) users of the EEE 700-series
| which were forced to use old version of Firefox (v2). Folks at XEPC.org have
| unveiled version 1.7 of the EEE PC OS that is compatible with EEE 700, 701,
| 701SD, 900, 900A, 900SD, 901, 904HD, 1000 and S101.


Asus Eee PCs in USA Schools: A First-Hand Report

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| The 901 Linux model has an 8.9" screen, weighs about 2.5 pounds, and has a
| 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, Linux,
| and a 6 Cell Battery with about 4-6 hours of battery life. Those seemed to me
| to be the right features for elementary and middle school education (high
| school students would probably want a slightly bigger screen and keyboard).
| The price - currently $275 retail on Amazon and presumably cheaper for a
| large order purchased through a distributor - is pretty good too.


Why Linux Will Crush Windows 7 on Netbooks

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| Linux versions of netbooks are already doing quite well and if Microsoft
| shoots itself in the foot by crippling its OS, the question becomes less
| about choosing between Windows and Linux and more about choosing between
| crippled and âjust works.â


Hands on: Running Windows 7 on a netbook

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| Performance wasn't the only problem I came across. For example, I was unable
| to perform two network-related tasks at once. For example, if I copied a file
| from a network server or watched a YouTube video, life was fine. But if I
| tried to do both things at once, I ended up with a frozen system.
| [...]
| I experienced several difficulties running popular applications on the Dell
| Mini 9. Windows 7's built-in applications, such as Media Center, felt slow to
| respond. Other apps behaved sluggishly as well. For example, Microsoft Word
| 2003 took 27 seconds to launch on the Mini 9; it took only 11 seconds on the
| HP EliteBook 2530p.
| Some problems, such as abrupt slowdowns when trying to run Microsoft Office
| 2003, Office 2007 and Quicken 2008, were clearly caused by memory problems.
| There simply wasn't enough RAM to run them effectively. When I tried to run
| two or more major applications at the same time, the performance dropped from
| merely miserable to "Is this thing still on?"
| [...]
| If you must have Windows on a netbook, XP Home SP3 is still the better choice
| over Windows 7 -- at least, for now. And, even though Microsoft is doing its
| best to kill off XP, it looks like the PC makers aren't going to let
| Microsoft put XP out to pasture after all.

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