Recently we’d picked up an ASUS eee PC as a replacement for my ill Compaq R3200. Well, not really as a replacement. You see, anytime we start looking into a hardware purchase, Tess and I review our need for the purchase.
To make a long story short, I’m inheriting her cool little Dell M1210, and she’s taking the eee PC, after I get it configured…hence the headache.
- Wireless networking — it seems that the native Linux installation (Xandros) has challenges. It manages wired networking fine.
- Can’t find SMB / Windows workgroups — I’ve got 5 or 6 other wireless devices easily finding my server, but not this one…yet. I’ve not tried it wired yet…that’s next.
But those things aside, it is a very cool little unit, with many possibilities. Out of the box it’s a more-than-capable web surfing and basic office box, using standard open source applications. Of course, I want more 🙂
Currently I’m looking into setting it up to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows XP. This will enable greater compatibility with my home network (I hope) and with other networks. We’ll see.
As for the somewhat ill Compaq? Since it’s the backlight that’s gone, I’ve plans to convert it to a Windows Media Centre box.