Topic: Asus EEE PC revisited
There was an interesting article on Distrowatch today. The page owner lives in Asia, I believe and wrote about going to a show.
The article is here. http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue … 09#feature
He commented how it seems that ASUS has almost abandoned Linux on the EEE. The downside for we BSD folks is that the less concerned they are about Linux compatibility, the harder it might be to get hardware support. I suspect one reason the AR5007EG wireless got its Linux support for 32 bit so quickly was because of that PC. (For those with a laptop and that card, Madwifi now has a patched snapshot for Linux that works with 64 bit.) As Sam Leffler of FreeBSD is one of the main MadWifi people, that's always good for BSD as well.
I didn't buy one. When it was first mentioned, I thought I would. However, when it was first mentioned, it was supposed to retail at $200. When it came out, it was $300-350 for the 2 gig drive. For $500, I was able to get something a little bigger and heavier (but under 6 lbs which is 2.27 kg for most of the world) 130 gig hard drive, gig of RAM, etc.
The article did point out that many others are now copying the idea with what they're calling UP--they claim it stands for ultra-portable, but I always call it underpowered, and many will be running Linux. As another article somewhere or other pointed out, when you're selling machines for less than $500, the cost of the MS O/S becomes a more important factor.
Anyway, I found the article interesting. I don't share the sense of the author's outrage at the companies for pushing MS, but it nice to see more manufacturers looking at open source as having profit potential. If Linux will run on it, there's a good chance that the BSDs will also be able to use its wireless, which is usually one of the more problematic things on a laptop.
I don't know if binary blobs could be avoided though. Still, it indicates some sort of change to my mind.
Interestingly enough, a Korean friend of my wife's decided to change her Mac for a PC. I asked why and she said that apparently there were compatibility issues in Korean between her Mac and many of her friends in her country. She said, "They all use Windows or Linux."