Continuing on a theme I made it by the CDW showroom in Vernon Hills yesterday during lunch and stumbled across a black Asus Eee PC on display.
I spent about 15 minutes unsucesfully trying to find the X-Term (it is there through a key sequence I later found it) and trying out various apps (sans Internet one's because there weren't any open hotspots) are the highlights/impressions:
- The OS was pretty responsive. OpenOffice 2.x loaded slightly faster than on my T-61
- Keyboard is really small and difficult to type on initially, but one could get use to it
- Feels cheap but not flimsy
- Screen is decent
- Speakers (and web cam) seemed surprisingly good
- Startup/shutdown was was within a matter of seconds
- It appeared to be Kwin + ICEWM
- The trackpad button was really hard to click, took a surprising amount of effort
One downside was the offical ASUS web sites on the product are awful. I couldn't find any decent manuals but I did find the GPL source. Pretty much everthing requires flash but the EeeUser Wiki had lots of good stuff.
Pretty appealing as a portable Linux platform especially if you consider that the 2G versions are around the same price as an Ipod Touch.