I recently purchased an external DVD reader because I wanted to have more flexibility to do things with my ASUS eee.
I was able to give the ASUS a good workout on the recent Royal Caribbean cruise I went on. One of the things I didn’t care for all that much was the Xandros OS system that ships with the ASUS. I kept having trouble with some of the upgrades and it was running a very old version of Firefox.
The first thing I did with the new DVD drive was to install EasyPeasy, a UBUNTU based version of Linux for Netbooks.
It has a much simpler user interface than many versions of Linux and therefore is a good choice for Netbooks. I believe the standard installation has many more programs than I had with Xandros and certainly more current versions.
Even though the interface is simple, it still is a very powerful system. I am happy that it uses the standard UBUNTU tool for adding and deleting software. The only thing I have to remember is to not click the upgrade to 9,04 as this is 8.10 based and the 9.04 upgrade would not work on the netbook. I am running the latest Firefox browser and OpenOffice 3.0
I know I could have upgraded to EasyPeasy 1.1 via a USB drive, but using a standard DVD was so much easier. I really like this system. I almost feel like I have a new Netbook.
The only thing that didn’t work immediately was the built-in camera. For some reason, the BIOS had turned off the Camera. After enabling it, everything works.