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I'd get the linux version only to install XP.
Having said that, I think that I'm getting addicted more and more to the size and function of my EEE PC. I added the eeectl program and the screen size doubler as well. What a difference. I have mine set at medium speed and 1000x600. I adjusted the dpi to 144 and it looks perfect to my eyes.
 

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I'm running mine at 1650x1080 on an external 22" monitor. It's a tiny bit fuzzy if you look closely, but it's not bad. I use mine all the time.
 

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:confused: Isn't XP more space-hungry than linux? Or is this how they keep the prices identical even after paying for an OEM Windows licence? Don't get me wrong, as a linux user (some would call me a ******) I don't mind the bonus. It's just that inquiring minds want to know.
I haven't tried it yet myself, but apparently XP can be cut down quite small if you take out a lot of the junky processes that you don't really need. The size difference of the flash drive modules was purely to keep the prices for each model the same.

On another note, it was just announced that Asus will be making a 10" screen model, with the Intel Atom processor. Apparently the 10" model will be the biggest for the EEE system.
 

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As far as I know I think it's just XP. The eeectl program lets you adjust the speed of the fan as well. I put it to MAX when it's plugged in the wall. There are other faster options of over clocking the CPU but I don't venture in them....I think it's too buggy from what I read in the eee forums.
 

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There is a kernel module for Linux that allows you to over clock and control the fan. I hadn't heard of a screen doubler, what is it doing, exactly?

Tom
 

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How do these do for playing back divx and other media?
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I find it pretty good. There are times - maybe 5 times per movie when you get a bit of breakup. It comes across in all of my media types that I've had on the machine so it is either a setting or the video chip being taxed. For what it is, it is fine though. The picture looks good - for such a low resolution screen.
 

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There is a kernel module for Linux that allows you to over clock and control the fan. I hadn't heard of a screen doubler, what is it doing, exactly?

Tom
It compresses your screen so you can have higher resolution. The one I use all the time is 1000x600. It is small but not at all hard to read...and I have old eyes! ;)

There are more screen resolution like 1280x 768 but its getting too small at that time. Although usefull to read Adobe PDF files...
 

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Danster: I assume you are running XP? I've not heard of this for Linux.

On that topic, I upgraded my eee to Ubuntu 8.04 over the weekend, worked out pretty well. I had to recompile the madwifi, eee, and alsa modules, but other than that it was pretty smooth, once I cleaned up enough disk space!

Tom
 

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Yes I Nlited my XP to almost nothing. It runs what I need and love it. With XP installed, I have almost 2.8 gb space left. When I install programs, I install them on my 16 gb SD card. I really enjoy that little machine. I use Skype on it big time and the web cam is just perfect....although I do have to put the CPU to the 900 mhz for smooth video.
 

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RBC expands client appreciation program with Asus Eee PCs

TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - RBC today announced that it is welcoming new clients who sign up for a Signature No Limit Banking account with a free Asus Eee PC. This offer is the latest addition to the bank's reward program.

"Our research shows that Canadians want their bank to show appreciation for their business, and this has been our guiding principle ever since we revamped our personal deposit account line up and included rewards such as gift cards and rebates," said Chris Barber, director, Personal Banking Accounts. "We're delighted to see more clients join RBC, and we want that growth to continue."

The Asus Eee PC was selected because it offers the convenience of online banking and internet access anywhere, anytime. "We think the Eee PC is a natural fit for people who crave convenience, bank online, and have the RBC Signature No Limit Banking account," said Mr. Barber.
 

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The Asus EEE PC 900 with the 9" screen was released this week and apparently has sold out within minutes. I haven't decided if I am going to go for this one or wait for the Atom based units.
 

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Hmmm... I am going to have to think twice about which model to get.

Price is approx $650. These things are clearly getting out of my "impulse buy" range. :p
My 17 year old son is ga ga about getting a UMPC.

(The only reason he got a part time job recently was to fund his purchase of such a device! :))

But he poo poos this latest offering due to the price. He claims that MSI will soon make available their UMPC offering called "Wind" whose price will be much closer to $400 for the Linux version but still having the Atom cpu. :confused:
 

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The Wind will also be heavier, and use a mechanical hard drive (sure, it's an 80GB HDD, but it's not as durable as a solid-state drive like the EeePC).

I'm considering getting the EeePC 900 (even though I already have a 701).

(Edited because I discovered it's a 2.5" HDD, and not a 1.8" drive like I originally thought).
 

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These things may be impulse purchases afterall. I saw "Limited Quantities" available at memory express, so I placed an order a couple of days ago. I doubt I will get one since it still says "order pending", and I am sure they received many more orders than stock.

I have also considered the MSI Wind, but there are a few things that I don't like about it. Bigger and heavier are the biggest drawbacks for me. Also, it bugs me that their linux versions are scaled back specs from their Windows versions. For instance, the linux machine only has 512 Ram vs XP 1 Gig. Also, the battery in the linux rig is only a 3 cell, vs a 6 cell for the XP version. So if I want certain upgraded features, why would I want to pay the MS tax if I am going to use linux anyways? Also, despite the proposed pricing of $399 (linux) and $550 (XP), the one site taking pre-orders is listing them at $560 and $604.

Anyways, the form-factor is the biggest thing for me personally. I also like the huge eeePC community and will have a lot of fun hacking and tinkering with this thing (when I finally do get one).
 

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I wanted eeePC but I find the pricing becomes more and more ridiculous. One can get a similar PC (with 13.3" LCD) for only about $700 including Windows XP, 2 Gb of RAM and optical drive. I no longer see the point of a very expensive low-performing PC.

Am I wrong? (it's a sincere question)
 
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