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This isn’t a surprise as we knew Asus would be offering the Eee PC with XP pre-installed, but I’ve been watching for it to see what the price would be. I can’t remember if I heard, read or dreamt that Asus was trying to work a […]

3422024404This isn’t a surprise as we knew Asus would be offering the Eee PC with XP pre-installed, but I’ve been watching for it to see what the price would be. I can’t remember if I heard, read or dreamt that Asus was trying to work a deal with Microsoft on the XP licensing, but I’m thinking that happened based on the reported price.The Register indicates that the 4G-X (an Eee PC 4G model with XP) works out to $468. My purchase of the 4G with Linux was the standard $399. Add in that Asus is also bundling a 4 GB SDHC card and optical mouse and it sounds to me like they got a good deal on XP licensing costs. Just a guess based on the news, but if correct, that bodes well for potential purchasers in other countries.I’m still running XP on the Eee PC, which I installed just before CES and only because my USB727 modem isn’t yet supported in Linux. I’ll be going back to Linux on the device at some point, but I made the mistake of loading eReader on the Eee… I have to finish the book I started before I go back to Linux. *crosses fingers and wishes for a Linux build of eReader*

  1. yes, yes, yes
    a Linux build of eReader. That will make the eeePC really eeeXCELLENT for me
    ..wiley
    NW Houston

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  2. >I’m still running XP on the Eee PC,
    >which I installed just before CES
    >and only because my USB727 modem
    >isn’t yet supported in Linux.

    Huh? :)

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=650795

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  3. Thanks for the link Xinill. The solution you reference was pointed out to me by Brian Jepson at Hackszine prior to CES, but it didn’t seem to work for me when I tried it a few weeks ago. Perhaps I’ll give it another go, but I haven’t seen anyone at the EeeUser forums indicating success with this modem working on Xandros Linux.

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  4. Kevin, was wondering why you want to go back to Linux on the EEE? I think XP actually works quite nicely on the unit (albeit I’m on 2Gb Ram and no swapfile). Will you be going back to the original restore disk or going Ubuntu?

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  5. I remember reading that they got sweet deal of $40 for XP but I have not seen any official info..

    .. other that it will be with xp too : http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=8691

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  6. We should all just start emailing Mobipocket about a linux version of ereader now that they own it. They seem to be good at covering a large number of platforms, and if we make enough stink, hopefully someone will listen. :)

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  7. doesn’t ereader work with wine in linux? http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=2423
    i don’t have an eee but maybe the linux distro it comes with doesn’t work with wine.

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  8. One thing that is keeping me from going back to Linux (after just installing XP) is Netflix.

    Last night I got the Netflix streaming working and for someone who spends a lot of time in hotel rooms this is going to be a godsend.

    I’m on the road again next week and I’ll see if it streams as well on the road as from home and if so it’s going to be very much worth the upgrade.

    That and hibernate capability have made this a most productive machine.

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  9. Slightly off topic but responding to bobm, anyone who has a Netflix account and hasn’t taken advantage of their streaming movies is doing themselves a huge diservice and missing out on a great feature.

    Granted, you won’t see “first run” movies (at least not yet) but you do get a very good selection for in between deliveries.

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  10. Oops, Sorry for asking you to install ereader. I was just curious.

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