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Ubuntu on the Asus Eee ultraportable

November 5, 2007

In just a few short days since it began shipping, this little devil is a huge hit (“selling one every six seconds”). The Eee PC 4G is available in Canada through Canada Computers for $399 (Currently out of stock), The Source,, and (out of stock until Nov 14th). A few entrepreneurs are trying to ebay the unit for $450 to $500. Is this becoming the impossible-to-find-must-have of Xmas07?

There are some nice previews on YouTube showing just how darn small the machine is. (Dimensions: 22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15~3.5 cm. Weight: 0.92 Kg ) The windows XP boot time appears to be under half a minute. The battery life is listed at 3.5 hours. The display is 7-inches with 800×480-pixels, and has a 4GB flash hard drive. It appears to have a quite rare 2 year warranty.

Although it comes preloaded with Xandros Linux, Rupert Goodwins at ZDNet installed Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10 on it. The wifi aparently needs ndiswrapper to work. He says that a full Ubuntu install uses up 2.3GB of the internal 4GB SDD.  Another user  reports that an Xubuntu install uses up only 1.4gb  of the SDD.

There’s a discussion forum at for a step by step guide to loading Ubuntu on the Eee.

It would be interesting to benchmark the Eee PC runing Rescubuntu or Helix and doing a dd image from one external USB2.0 hard drive to another. It could be an ideal portable setup for forensics and data recovery.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    November 9, 2007 4:38 pm

    Just picked my asus eee today. They have 40 in stock. Picked up their package deal; $449 with 4GB SD card.

  2. John permalink
    November 9, 2007 4:38 pm

  3. John permalink
    November 10, 2007 12:48 pm

    I just picked up my machine yesterday at Anitec ( in Vancouver yesterday. They got 40 machines in yesterday.

  4. March 8, 2010 9:48 pm

    Right now (3/07/10)there is as much as a $60.00 spread between the lowest priced ASUS Eee Pc 1005HA Netbook dcomputer and the higher priced ones. if you are in the market to by one of these you can find one for $271.00, no tax and free shipping at B&H Photo-Video-Audio online store or,


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