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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Bingo..this (along with stuff like the EEE Desktop and Shuttle KPC) is quickly become a new battleground. Even Dell announced that they are getting into the fray. I am dying to have one to shove in my bag when I'm out and about, great tool for photographers and people on the go These are meant to be "complimentary" machines, not replacement machines, which is where alot of people trip up in comparisons.

The lite devices aren't meant to be compared to a full size pc, and the argument that you could buy a new c2d laptop for the same price is a completely idiotic remark. Average price for anything with a 12inch screen or smaller is at LEAST $1200, closest you could come is maybe using a old thinkpad xseries laptop, with is sans multitouch,webcam,etc.

I personally like the design of the MSI Wind, but I plan to hold out as long as humanly possible, until everyone has shown their cards.

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