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While I do respect the choice of WinXP on this, I still have a bit of a hard time understanding it. I mean, many of the shortcomings in this review could be avoided or at least they could be slightly improved by using the original Xandros, which is highly optimised for that device. I know you've said you're not interested at all by Xandros, but why not? Have you at least tried it?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not really *crazy* about Xandros either! Actually to tell you the truth, when I got my 701, I remember that I also had decided right from the start I would install another OS on the machine. Being used to Ubuntu, I found Xandros to be very limiting and way too "basic" for me. The thing is however, after playing with EeeXubuntu installed on the SDHC for a while, I realized that all I ever do on this device is to read email, browse, video-talk with Napster, and do some Openoffice work. That's about it. That's when I realized that I could do all of that very easily with the original Xandros, and as a bonus It would boot in only about 10-14 seconds (which also solves the problem of the energy in sleep mode - just shut it down everytime, it boots so fast anyway!!). So in the end, to my own surprise, I've ended up using only Xandros most of the time! I still have my Ubuntu partition on the SDHC but I rarely use it, why wait for it to boot when I can have all i need ready in 10 seconds? Especially when you are on the road and in a rush, that's crucial to me.
Now I know you mentioned in a previous article that you wanted XP mostly to use Trillian with all the video features on all IMs. If that's really your primary use of this device, and If video on all IMs is of major importance to you, I can better understand. Otherwise If you are like me (and many others) and you only need to use the video feature once in a while, why not simply ask the people you want to video chat with to use Skype as well with you? Wouldn't it make life easier? Just an idea.
Once we face the fact that all we really do on a EeePC can be done easily with Xandros, then why not use it rather than complicate our life with huge desktop OSes?
Btw, although the ASUS Xandros is very limited indeed, It's also highly and easily hackable. If you need to add stuff like GIMP, Opera, Google Earth, Google Chrome, etc, these are easily installable either by adding a few depots or even easier, by installing the .deb files...!!