openSUSE 11.2 on the Asus EEE
Recently acquired a new Asus EEE 900HD. Very small, 160GB hard drive, and 1GB of RAM. Loaded openSUSE 11.2 on it yesterday, and the results are great.
I'm running the latest KDE 4.3, with all the 3D goodies turned on, and I'm getting some good performance out of it. Right out of the gate, EVERYTHING worked...webcam, microphone, sound, and wireless. The amusing part, is that the wired network device doesn't show up at all. I may decide to get that working, but honestly, I'm not too motivated to. It's a netbook...designed to be portable, so having a wire tethered to it is kind of pointless.
Some gotchas, but easily remedied ones:
- The EEE has some utilities (like acpi_eee, eee-fancontrol, etc.), that you can find on the openSUSE site, under their software search. I found some for 11.1 that worked fine, but others I had to build from the source RPM's. They installed smoothly, and gave me the on-screen display, all of the hotkeys working, and suspend to RAM/disk working as well.
- During the build, I loaded from a USB DVD drive. Everything went ok, but after the system got up and going, I had some strange video problems, and general weird behavior. A power off reset cleared it all up.
- The hotkey to disable wireless will toggle it off just fine. An attempt to toggle it back on hard-locks the system. (??) However, running the shell-script to toggle it back on works fine.
- As with the past 4 versions of openSUSE, MP3 and video (MPG, AVI, etc.), support isn't included. However, you can add the packman repository, and load up the codecs and drivers easily.
All in all, great battery life, VERY small form factor, and fully supported hardware, makes this a great little box. From a cost standpoint, I paid $239 brand new, at a big-box store.
I just wanted to say what a great idea it is to post real success stories like this and I am very glad that you are happy with it...although it will make it more difficult to walk past an EEE if I see it at an attractive price!
And when I get something going, I always try to post it, especically if I spent a good amount of time researching it. It helps me, too...since when I forget, I can come back here and look it up. :) I've posted about most of my laptops here, as well as my Skype/bluetooth headset, and audio problems. A clear how-to is always nice.
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