Thursday, August 4, 2011

Asus (re) try Linux on the Eee PC in France

When launching the first Eee PC, there are more than 3 years, Asus has opted for GNU / Linux operating system for its low-priced machine, with a distribution perfectible but adapted Xandros. Fast enough, users have requested Windows XP and Windows 7, netbooks and Linux have all but disappeared. At the same time, the configuration of machines running Windows 7 has not moved, and for good reason: Microsoft sets a limit to 1 GB of RAM and 250 GB hard drive for netbooks with Windows 7 Starter.

To provide a better equipped machine, you must upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, which increases the price. Asus has decided to offer an Eee PC, the 1011PX, its Ubuntu Desktop Edition version 10.10. This machine has two advantages: a very low price - € 230 - thanks to the lack of a Windows configuration and a little more muscular than usual: 2 GB of RAM and 320 GB hard drive.

Indeed, the price difference between 1 and 2 GB of 250 GB and 320 GB is almost nil, but Microsoft keeps manufacturers enjoy. Otherwise, it's classic 10-inch screen with 1024 x 600, Atom N455 1.66 GHz (one core), "GPU" GMA 3150, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 11n, etc.. Autonomy announced is 10 hours with a battery of 4400 mAh (6 cell), which seems optimistic, but at this price can be avoided be choosy.

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