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Asus eee PC 4G Surf: First impressions from an old Linux Guy

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I finally got my eee PC last saturday. It's the 4G Surf in Galaxy Black. Everyone says the same thing, and so do I: you can't understand how small the thing is until you see it. And then everyone takes a picture of it sitting inside its previous notebook. So will I, 2 times.

Regarding construction quality, the screen is decent, if you can live with the low resolution (I can). The keyboard is ok, even though I have large fingers and the general construction feels good (not creaky, no flex), but nothing remarkable.
The software... it works. But I am loooking to replace it with another distro ASAP.

Let's get into some detail...




Asus EeePC - the consumer friendly laptop with Li

As I said earlier, the EeePC comes loaded with a heavily customized version of Xandros Linux desktop. It has a specially designed intuitive graphics interface which makes use of tabs. The interface is very cleanly laid out with pretty icons. You can also switch to a traditional KDE interface if that is more to your liking.

The applications bundled with the EeePC are an eclectic collection of open source software which allows the user to do just about any thing he or she intends to do on a PC. For instance it has the latest Firefox, OpenOffice.org, a plethora of games, Skype to make calls from your laptop, WebCam software and much more. Check out the screenshots of the EeePC GUI below to get a fair idea about what to expect.

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