[LINK] Fwd: Today on Catch - Asus EEE PC 701 Netbook only $259.90

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Jun 5 12:05:12 EST 2009

Brendan Scott wrote:
> Pilcher, Fred wrote:
>> Jan wrote:
>>> in case anyone was considereing.
>>> http://www.catchoftheday.com.au/index.php
>> I travelled around the UK and Europe with one of those and it was
>> flawless. I had it turned on, charging on a high-ish benchtop at a
>> mate's place, tripped over the power cord and sent it flying down onto
>> and across his tiled floor. It never skipped a beat. It sold me on Asus
>> gear and I replaced the 701 with a 901. Their recent desertion if Linux
>> has cruelled the brand for me though.
> The 701 is a tad too small (also Linux developers seem to code arbitrary restrictions into screens, assuming more real estate than is present - OOo and it's context sensitive toolbars are a particularly egregious example) - although I travelled around Europe with one in my pocket (yes, pocket) and found it very convenient. 
> I recently got a chance to pick up (literally, not as-in-purchase) a 1000H.  Screen and keyboard size-wise they're great, but I think they're probably a tad too heavy (guess at 1.5x the 701). 
> Asus have got what they wanted with Linux Eee (ie astounding leverage over Microsoft), and are now trying to upsize it into a Windows notebook (and one in which Windows is actually commoditised as a complement to the hardware).  That they've now deserted Linux is not good for Linux.  However, they've proven the market and others (dell, hp etc) are now entering it - albeit at gratuitously high configuration/price points.  Hopefully they'll all be eaten out from below when ARM equipped versions hit the market later this year. 

Doesn't appear that ASUS has abandoned linux. GNU Linux seems to be available 
for a number of later models (the tradeoff is between hardware and OS ie 
additional hardware or MSwindows). The problem is that after the 701, linux 
models aren't generally available in Australia.

I doubt the linux community's obsession with installing their own distro helped 
but it seems to have resulted in eeebuntu

Marghanita da Cruz
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