Joined: Mar. 2008
||Posted: May 01 2008,18:48
My EeePC (4G Surf ) boots <20 seconds to the Xandros IceWM desktop. But it's a gimmick! FireFox and the FileManager take a loooong time to come up. Shutdown is very fast except sometimes, I think it's auto-fscking boot-drive or having trouble releasing my 2 G swap file on external Hard-drive - it just grabs it. The 'advanced' mode is much snappier and linux techie friendly but bios speedboot option doesn't work with it
I read that the new 900 sold out in Hong Kong in only a few days. Hope you don't have to wait. Ausus is supposedly selling one EeePC every 6 seconds. Every major distro (except...) has a version "made for the EeePC" and all the early releases were in my opinion terrible compared to DSL even without internet, sound, etc. Ask me and I'll tell you why.....
Another 'gimmick' is the 6 second restore from suspend-to-RAM. The battery doesn't last long when suspended. So, I never use it. I disabled my on-lid-shutdown script cause I use an external monitor and the lid is almost always down so's not to collect dust. also have keyboard, mouse, hard-drives and DVD/CD (mult. USB hubs.)
I can unplug very quickly and use it as a wireless internet e-book in bed if my wife is reading a book. My eyes are old and near-sighted but its OK if I hold it close, like a book.
DSL on the EeePC is very fast. For ex., Firefox+google homepage is 4.5 seconds. After that, about 1.25 seconds. I think I'll pre-load it like dillo is on startup. By the way, dillo comes up perfectly sized , not as much futzing around with size issues things like some of the other distros - except for I had to specify smaller sizes for Emelfm & Sylpheed.
Another thing is that it is a 900MHz CPU underclocked to 630. The fan is normally inaudible, max. CPU temp I've seen is 57C; it's rated somewhere in the 90's. External temps. are the lowest of the six laptops I have with me (on the road again) Some people are overclocking past 900 with the fan disconnected! But variable front-side-bus and CPU freq. based on demand is the way to go.
Whew! Sorry about that. And I didn't even tell you about the best stuff.
I am going start working on the wireless, using madifi. I let you know.
I am giving up on myDSL apps for now. I thinks it's going to be all right as every part has worked individually, just not all at once. Ask me and I'll explain.