[SATLUG] Asus EeePC 4G
jdchoate at gmail.com
Fri May 30 18:34:02 CDT 2008
Just thought I'd share this...
My boss got one of these yesterday:
(right after typing all of the following, Asus' web site is down... so keep
trying the link from time to time)
The simplified system and GUI that it came with was very simple and neat,
though not too impressive. Needing a more thorough system my boss got a slim
Western Digital USB 250G external had drive for it and we connected a
portable DVD drive. I installed Mandriva 2008.1 Spring after a successful
live CD test. The EeePC has a fairly 'normal' American Megatrends BIOS and
was easy to choose the USB drive as the primary hard drive and select it in
boot priority options.
It runs great. The built-in wireless is an Atheros adapter and it worked on
the first try, as did the built in ethernet. We used rfbdrake (VNC) to get to
his MS Vista desktop and it worked perfectly, although scaled to 800x600:
larger than the EeePC's highest resolution.
We also tried a Sprint Sierra Wireless AirCard 595U for a third networking
option. The sierra module loaded automatically when it was plugged into USB
with no effort or configuration from us. We successfully got it accessible
and dialing out through /dev/tty/usb0 with kppp; it acquires an IP address.
No data transfers were happening so we need to experiment with some
configuration and his Sprint account info, but it was late in the day so we
gave up for the weekend. I'm positive it will work.
Everything else works well including audio and 3D acceleration with the Intel
graphics chip. Most OpenGL screen savers work well, though some from the
rss_glx package had poor performance but I was expecting much worse.
Compiz-fusion works great, but I had to turn it off because program windows
could not be ALT-dragged above the top of the screen if they were too tall to
reach buttons displayed below the bottom of the screen. The 800x480 max
resolution is pretty tiny, but most of KDE scales well and everything looks
good and is easy to read text. Openoffice Calc 2.4 opened quickly enough and
scaled well and looked good.
Supposedly it has a webcam built in, though I didn't think to test it. That
will happen next week.
I had been doubtful about these machines, but after this success, I think I'm
gonna get one.
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