Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2008 21:10 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS Michael Saunders got Syllable Desktop to run on his new Asus Eee PC (screenshot). There is some work to do to support all hardware, but most functionality already works. Michael reports that video, audio, touchpad, USB and battery monitor all work. Widescreen video and network don't and there may be reliability problems with USB storage devices. As installing Syllable from a USB device doesn't work yet, Michael used an inventive method for installation. It can be done by imaging your Eee drive with the dd utility (from Linux), installing Syllable on it through QEmu and then dd'ing the image back to the real drive. Note that the drive number needs to be adjusted in the GrUB boot file. The project is looking into distributing Syllable especially for the Eee PC in this form.
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"This new class of "lite" PC is great IMHO. Most peopel have 20x the amount of horsepower they need, which only leaves room for blunders like Vista. OSes get clunky and fat. "LITE' machines force you to streamline and skin down the system, while retaining function.

Most people will not miss horsepower with the EEE. What they will miss is display size and storage.
But if you put a bigger screen and more storage, price will rise to the level of notebooks with more horsepower, so this machine is just nonsense for me.

People trying to run Windows (along with its attendant extra virus scanners and other hangers-on) will miss the horsepower.

The EEEPC 900 (due out soon) will likely address screen size and storage capacity shortcomings. The EEEPC 900 Linux variant (which is lite enough to run nicely) will have an 8.9-inch 1024x600 screen and 20GB SSD storage.

There are other entrants in this market as well:

Given such competition, there will be downwards price pressure.

This market is not nonsense ... it is in fact really hotting up.

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