[plug] trying to buy a linux netbook

Kev kdownes at oceanbroadband.net
Fri Jan 29 21:27:43 WST 2010

David Buddrige wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am currently in the market for a linux based netbook.  I've found a 
> few models on the internet that seem to fit my needs perfectly (eg 
> http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=YxnYGjoMzEzmz0Hn)  - but then  I 
> can't find a retailer who will actually sell them to me.
> They umm and ahh about solid state drives, but as soon as you mention 
> linux it seems the shutters go up and you're sool.
> For example, although [for example] asus offer an eepc with linux 
> pre-installed, no retailer offers them - I've tried Dick Smiths, Good 
> guys, JB Hifi, and even PLE but they all say that the only netbooks 
> they offer run windows.
> Does anyone know a retailer that offers netbooks running linux 
> preinstalled in Perth?
> The main spec's that interest me in a netbook are:
> Lightweight - <= 1kg
> Battery life [as long as possible - 5+ hours]
> Solid State Hard Drive [>=16GB would be adequate to my needs but would 
> consider 8GB depending on price]
> absolutely no bigger than 10" - I  want something that is tiny
> Linux pre-installed
> I like the eepc line, but would consider other machines.
> thanks heaps guys,
> David.
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I forgot to add.  I'm finished with SSDs for now, until they can make 
them bigger, cheaper, faster and reliable.  I have here another (a 
friends) Aspire 1 with a pissy little 8gig SSD which has failed.  This 
is the 2nd failed SSD I've come across in the last 6mths.  They're also 
pathetically slow in real life.  Pay no attention to the "on paper" 
performance.  Imho, if you bash up your lappy enough to kill a rotating 
HDD, then you'll do other damage to the lappy too.

Kev Downes
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