So I went and picked up a 0day piece of hardware. The ASUS EEE PC 901.
Since it’s so new, it’s not very well supported. Even the new chipset ethernet drivers (as of the beginning of August ’08) are not yet in the linux kernel, so a simple install is problematic.
If I wanted to hack something all day long, I would likely go with ricer-linux. That’s not what I want to on a daily basis with a little mobile hackbox.
The default install is a debian variant, and I really distain Debian. Let me not take you to lame distro war forum, so I’ll just leave it at that. I’d be happier with a fedora 9 release, but they look like they’re never going to get it done right.
This leaves me with surprisingly few viable install options, but lots of promising hackability:
There’s an unused PCI-e slot which could be used for a 3G HSDPA card
There’s a space for a SIM card
There’s room for a 1.8 inch hard drive or SS
I think a good example of the average user, one who shouldn’t bother with bleeding edge software, is here. Here’s another blog posting detailing some available options. Another user experience can be found here.
This should prove to be a good example of what options are available if someone isn’t served by Windows or the newbie linux distribution that comes installed on the platform when it ships.
So currently, the array.org tweaks to Ubuntu look to be the most usable project available. If you run into me roaming around Seattle, I’ll be likely to have it with me. By the way, ignore their USB install instructions and use the Fedora Project LiveCD Creator to make your USB installation media instead of having the dependancy of another linux system.