windows isn't better
I think you have to see the $$$ at the back of this story, and the fact MS have bought into Asus or threatened them as per usual tactics.
I have a nice asus 1000 40GB SSD, mandriva 2009.1 looks great and works
When you update it, it doesn't need to reboot.
I can stick the software where I want on the hard drive and take up as much room as I can.
To install was easy and took thirty minutes and all drivers were working from the box.
There has been no issues, one error message which was my fault
I have it dual booted with Xp, Linux can see and read the XP partition.
Grub can handle all the partitions and booting process. XP's MBR can't
Xp only goes where 'it' wants on the smaller partition.
It can't see or even recognise the larger linux partition.
Install was twice as long as linux, with more questions than linux
I had to install the drivers separately.
There isn't the RAM or the HDD space for Vista so it had to be XP.
XP has crached twice requiring two complete reinstalls just to get back up and running. I love the BSOD.
I can't run it on the netbook for all my apps, because of the hit rate on the SSD, so have to shift some onto the SD card.
XP can't work the new WPA2 wireless security that my netgear router is running, so I have to downgrade to the older version of security or lose the wireless network.
I have to run regular anti virus and anti spyware just to remain safe. (Hammering my SSD)
Battery life is shocking, but boot up is about the same as linux.
I will stick with XP thanks as a secondary boot option. Mandriva are guaranteeing 100% compatilbility for the eee series and they certainly do work straight from the box as a result.
I am not a linux fanboy, but the major line variants out there (I have ubuntu desktop and mandriva laptop) and the way in which linux just does what you want with error messages that mean something if it does go wrong and more importantly there is forum help out there. Windows forums are good but let down by the software, active sync and exchange being my current argument with M$, Linux are at least brought out for the next release, happily this is a year away, not three years like XP.
Bad day for Asus, I held them in such high regard.