Someone asked me today how Ubuntu was working on the EeePC. It’s working great! I thought I might share some of my experiences so far, after a bit more use. If you are interested in installing Ubuntu 7.10 on your EeePC head on over to the Ubuntu Community Wiki and find out how!
This machine is so light I love it. It’s easy to carry around, takes up minimal space, and is really easy to use on an airplane. I’ve been on four flights since getting this machine and it makes for a great little video player (sans optical drive, of course) for using in flight. I simply rip the videos I want down to .mpg or something and throw them on a removable USB.
I’ve been on two business trips now since Christmas and this is the only machine that I have taken with me. I have not run into an issue yet with wishing I had something bigger. When I’m using it during the day I connect my USB mouse, and go. Wireless works great, the keyboard is fine once you get used to it. I can do web browsing, chat, email, write code.. pretty much everything I used to do on my MacBook (minus write CD/DVDs and use virtualization).
I really recommend this machine. I really like it, and I’m really glad that my awesome wife bought it for me for Christmas. Man does she spoil me! If you’ve been thinking about it, I’d go for it. It’s cheap, tiny and just as productive as any comparably priced device.
The only complaints that I have are:
- There is no visual indication that the CAPS LOCK is on.
- The right-shift key is a real PITA sometimes.
Do yourself a favor if you’re still running the default OS and toss out the Xandros junk and use a real distro.. the one-true Distro, Ubuntu!