I ran across these two youtube.com videos which give a more in-depth look at the AsusEee PC Linux notebook computer. After reading reviews and looking over the various videos showcasing this notebook, I'm more convinced that new Linux users should pass (for the time being) on this device.
It's not because it's a neat, portable computer. It is. But if your aim is to experience the FULL power of Linux, you're much better off buying a new Linux desktop or laptop.
For instance, at KiowaLinux.com, you can purchase a desktop with Linux pre-installed for under two hundred dollars! And this system will be running a full version of Linux, have faster processing power, better graphics support, etc.
You can also grab that older Windows PC (that no longer runs due to virus infection or other Windows problem )and simply download Linux for free. Burn the ISO file to disk, install it on your old desktop and BINGO! A Linux computer!
And the most cost effective, easiest way to get Linux is to buy Linux on a thumb drive! Simply plug the Linux thumb drive into any computer, start it up, and you'll be running Linux! And for as little as $30.00!
If you're looking for a simple, easy to use computer for surfing the web and sending email and opening office applications, the Eee PC may be just right as a second computer. And it's going to get better in the months and years to come as the Linux community starts inputting their ideas and customizations.
But if you require a main computer for getting all your daily tasks done in a stable and secure computing environment (and with access to thousands of Linux programs), it's best to go with a large desktop or laptop.
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.