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Axel Beckert -- One month with Debian Lenny on the EeePC
I ogled with an ASUS EeePC since it was announced, but didn't
When asking them about US layouts they told me they won't import
So it was quite unexpected for me when US models showed up on
So at the end of March (and therefore later as most other geeks
Initially the delivery date was set the 28th of March. Then it was
I also ordered a 2 GB bar of Corsair ValueSelect RAM so that I can
The original Xandros based Linux only noticed 1 GB of the
The Debian EeePC installer worked fine except that it argued
As window managers I have installed ratpoison, FLWM and
As web browser I've got Opera as primary browser (as
As office programs (as I would ever need some ;-) I've got AbiWord
I also decided that I will need LaTeX then and when so TeX Live
I also have a bunch of games on the EeePC. Unfortunately there are
Still, although quite some parts of GNOME and GNOME Office, TeX
Oh, and btw: Although except the very compact and a little bit
OTOH I still think that a 1920x1200 (which means nearly four
Personal Resumée after 2.5 weeks
- It's geeky. If you show up with it, people want to lift it to
- Very compact and robust. With the T61 I always fear that its
- The price of course: CHF 499 at digitec (plus CHF 54 for the 2
- Runs Linux ex factory. So yu don't have to expect that many
- RAM upgrades are very straight forward and do not void the
- The weight. 0.92 kg can be easily held wit one hand, also
- The SSD despite it's size. Being such lightweight you accelerate
- Intergrated Ethernet network interface. (Hey, the MacBook Air
- Three USB sockets (the MacBook Air has only one which is usually
- Great contrast on the builtin screen.
- External VGA output. You have to configure X.org to make the
- Despite its size quite a lot of space for modifications inside
- The keyboard: keys smaller than usually (ok, wouldn't work
- The position of the power button: It's exactly where I want to
- The mouse button(s): It only has two buttons which are one part
- It has (only) a touchpad. I definitely prefer thumbsticks as the
- The noisy and not very precisely beared fan, which seems to
- Some programs need minimum 800x600 resolution to work well.
Pro ThinkPad (in direct comparision)
- One of the best laptop keyboards around.
- Three easy to distinguish mouse buttons.
- Even ressource-hungry programs like Liferea work fine.
- Quite big screen resolution (1440x900).
- Bigger battery, space for additional batteries.
- Could be a workstation replacement.
Pro Lenny on the EeePC
- The installer image of the Debian EeePC Project works out of the
- Stable enough for daily use. (IMHO Debian Testing – and
Con Lenny EeePC
- My favourite feed reader Liferea has changed its cache format
I'm very happy with the EeePC and I didn't expect that it would
10:21pm by firstname.lastname@example.org (Axel Beckert) (Comments)
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