Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st May 2009 10:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Back when the whole netbook thing started, Asus was king of the hill with a focus on netbooks with Linux pre-installed. Since they were kind of popular, it didn't take Microsoft long to start working together with Asus to 'port' Windows XP to the Asus line of netbooks, and with that, to other netbooks as well. The result was that Linux netbooks are now harder to find for many people. While Dell committed itself to Linux on netbooks, Asus has decided to just skip the first date and jump right into bed with Microsoft.
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stabbyjones
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2008-04-15

i bought a 701 when they came out. installed xp and ubuntu on it until debian had a better installer and to just play around with things.

As far as which runs better on it, i'd say xp ran well but was in no way built for the screen size. For it's use as a note taker at uni it was just too much.

Debian initially ran slightly slower (in some respects due to the display driver at the time), but was a much better fit as far as screen real estate and usability. After tweaking was a lot quicker and leaner than xp.

For those of you running XP on these things you NEED alt drag.

http://code.google.com/p/altdrag/downloads/list

By far the best feature of linux on netbooks. Also for GNOME users if you set fonts to about 8 instead of the default 10 it will feel a bit roomier.

I was going to buy another eee pc but because i couldn't find one without windows i just bought a dell latitude.

Why doesn't anybody sell notebooks without an operating system? i haven't kept the original operating system on any laptop i've bought, linux included.

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