I have already mentioned that ASUS EEE PC was of high interest to me, as a “super card reader” as well as a “carry with you all the time” PC. I was so keen to get one that I tested a 800×480 resolution on my laptop to see if it was useable at all.
To cut a long story short, I found a nice opportunity to get a second-hand EEE 701 and I am having great fun installing and using it. I went for the Debian derivative and installed most of the system I tested on my (reduced screen) laptop: XFCE4, Gimp, Ristretto, Abiword, Gnumeric, Conky etc. I picked the Clearlooks Compact GTK theme, Prelude 4 for xfwm4. I installed Brightside (active screen corners) as well as the Hide Menu and Page Zoom Firefox extentions. I also added Splashy which I have customized (as well as xdm) to use my (highly artistic) wall paper:
The idea is to have a system as complete as possible without the whole of Gnome and indeed, the EEE is a very useable and likeable little machine – although it is so tiny that you need a bit of time to get used to the keyboard and you sometimes don’t quite know how to handle it.
There is even a (very simple) wiki entry about how to use it for (RAW) photography and Mark Shuttleworth just blogged to give more precision about the (Gnome based) Ubuntu version designed for Netbooks.
Of course, my first RAW file developped with the EEE and RawStudio: