I have now been using the Eee for 3-4 days now and contineu to be very impressed. I am impressed espically from the view point that we can and should be putting this machine in the hands of students. I do have some first generation gripes:
- Software installation: I can only install what Asus allows me to install. The point of running a FOSS system is to have open access to many, many apps. The only way around this is to install extensions/add-ons in FireFox (which works very well).
- Wireless networking: I can connect fine each time, but that is the problem. Each time I restart or sleep/wake the computer I must manually re-connect to my open wireless network.
- Flaky BIOS: I tried to install the latest BIOS upgrade. Once restarted I couldn;t use the built in scratchpad. Another restart seemed to remove the BIOS update and return scratcpad control to me
- Trackpad button: It is great that it is one button with two sides(right and left click), however, the button is way to stiff.
- Easy GUi only….I want full control of the Linux environment or at least the choice of one or the other.
And some praise:
- I am writing this connected to a Samsung Syncmaster monitor and a usb keyboard and mouse. This a a wonderful way to use the laptop as a full-fledged workstation. Only problem is that I have to keep the lid open on the laptop. if not the machine sleeps.
- Just tested a basic headset with mic…worked great connected via 1/8 male for both. USB adpater didn’t work at all. Easier/cheaper to find the working 1/8 male!
Overall…when this thing gets to $300, I will recommend it to EVERY parent!
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