For a while now I’ve been sticking with the standard Xandros Linux that came with my Eee, simply because I hadn’t found a proper distro that supported the hardware out-of-the-box (plus the boot time on a standard OS was 3-4 times as long!). Well, all that changed at the weekend when I discovered eeebuntu, a nifty repackaging of the current Eeebuntu Hardy Heron with a custom kernel and some handy utility scripts. All the hardware works, and with the aid of these instructions I now have it booting to the login screen in just 35 seconds!
After installing my favourite writing apps for Linux (SuperNotecard and Zim), I added a subdued but stylish Emerald theme for Compiz, and my Eee is now looking extremely cool! And yes, that is an OSX-style dock at the bottom, called AWM (click on the image for a closeup view).
Anyway, my Eee PC is now ready for business, so I’m going to need another excuse for procrastinating on my writing