Wow – It’s been a week since the Eee PC 901 arrived at my doorstep. I have had a great deal of fun with this little machine so far. I bought it from Amazon.com for $279 that includes tax and shipping. it came with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 12 GB Solid State Drive, 20 GB Eee Storage, XP Home, and a 6 Cell Battery that lasts for over five hours in my experience so far.
The first day I spent time mucking about in Windows XP and installed a netbook version of Ubuntu Linux on the second HD. I had also downloaded a copy of the version of Linux that Asus prepared.. when I went to install it it overwrote the XP installation. I then discovered two things: 1. I did not like the Asus version of Linux… too simplified 2. I had lost my XP install disc sometime in the last few days… I could use the version that came with the EEE PC 901 but it has lots of extra software I would rather not install in the first place but that some might feel useful, e.g. Star Office, funky software for the camera etc etc.. The bright side was that I located a specific version of Ubuntu for this little computer. EEEBuntu! but more on that bit later.
It has taken a few days to grow accustomed to the closer key placement and only make one two consistent typing mistakes. My next step is to try sky and a few other more intensive applications. Contact me as kestrachrn on Skype if you want to help me test.
My advice so far is to Get one!!! Eee PC 901 from Amazon.com