The hardware specifications are:
- Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor
- 160GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
- 1GB of DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
- 10” WSVGA LED-Backlit 1024 x 600 LCD
- Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA monitor out, headphone jack, microphone input, SD card reader (SDHC compatible), lock slot, Ethernet 10/100
- Webcam (1.3 MP)
- Speakers and microphone built-in
- Battery: 7.4v 6600mAh 6-cell battery (3.5 - 7 hrs)
- Wireless: 802.11b/g
- Size: 25 cm (W) x 19 cm (D) x 3 cm (H)
- Weight: less than 1.5 kg
Because this system require an external drive to boot an installer, I download the image for the official mirrors (inside /MandrivaLinux/official/2009.0/i586/install/images/) named all.img, this is a prepared image to copy in a USB drive and includes a boot-loader and the basic tools for a network (NFS, FTP, HTTP, ...) or local installation from a drive. For more information go to: Mandriva Wiki.
To create the USB drive just use the dd command: dd if=all.img of=/dev/sdb1
(Caution: the data in the USB will be lost, and check the drive twice, don't delete your disk).
Then just put the USB and turn on the EeePC, the manual said you need to press ESC at boot to access the boot menu, wrong, this BIOS version requires you press F2 to access the BIOS configuration, I check the boot device order and put the external devices as first option. Wrong again, when you connect an USB storage drive, the BIOS assign it like a drive, so you need to switch the disk order (put the USB as first drive and the hard drive as second). I lost about a hour discovering this peculiarities.
After boot correctly the Linux installer, you need to select your installation method, I use HTTP from a Canadian mirror, the installer download the packages and start the installation. Of course the configuration is simple, I choose Gnome as desktop and manually partition my drive. The disk was already parted, the first partition is the Windows part (~70 GB), the second is an empty "user space" (~60 GB), the third is the Windows Restore part (~3 GB) and a small partition for the BIOS update.
I use the second partition with this table configuration:
- / - Ext4 - 10 GB
- SWAP 2 GB
- /home - Ext4 - ~50 GB
I rebooted the system and check if there are any problem: NONE, all the hardware is correctly recognized and configured, webcam, WiFi (with atheros drivers), kernel laptop mode, sound, graphics, screen, keyboard, touchpad, kernel sensors (temperature, battery, cpu-scaling) ...
The only problem I see is the sensibility of the touchpad, too much sensible, but it also happen in the XP, later I'll search the web for the xorg configuration and adjusted it.
I totally recommend Mandriva 2009.1 for this computer!