I was looking at the Eeepc, it draws me not having to pay for M$ as I install linux on my boxes anyway. I might get one once the screens get better, I dunno, I am pretty happy with my thinkpad and my iBook, between mac and linux I can do anything.
Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian. I like Debian because it's one of the few Linux distros to have a version for m68k, which has allowed our family to install it on an old Mac SE/30 and use it as a web server. It's still in service today, although the thing takes forEVER to boot
We have two EEPCs at work. The SysAdmin has one and the other belongs to the Director of Technology, who has already modded his to the nth degree with bluetooth, a USB hub, flash drive, etc. I believe he's also added GPS. BTW, he's mentioned, several times, that it's the best $300 he's ever spent.
BTW, he's mentioned, several times, that it's the best $300 he's ever spent.
How does it stack up against the OLPC?
Well the EEPC has faster hardware all-around, with a better processor (900mhz vs 433mhz) more RAM, and the like, so it's sort of a wash, performance-wise. But, I can't really compare the two directly, as the OLPC is targeted specifically for the educational markets of developing, 3rd-world countries -and for the younger students, at that. With it's membrane keyboard it's a bit more kid-proof, although both machines seem plenty durable.
I know Asus shows a snapshot of kindergarten-aged kids on the EEPC, but I don't think I'd plunk an EEPC down in front of a couple of six-year-olds. I think it really is better suited to the SysAdmin, especially one who regularly works with headless rack-mounted systems. I'd rather put kids on a 10-12 inch Windows or MacOS machine loaded with games and educational software... kids tend to lean toward big and colorful. The EEPC's seven-inch screen probably isn't going to hold their attention for very long, and neither is stripped-down Linux. Of course, screen real-estate mentioned, both machines would lose with my imaginary kids. However, if I had kids, I'd put them on the OLPC before an EEPC. The OLPC would at least stand up to the abuse a kid at six could possibly put it through. More likely than either, though, I'd put them on a 12-inch iBook G3.
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