Originally Posted by m@T
Scanned through those links (admittedly not looking all that carefully) I couldn't see any identical models with a choice between Linux and XP. How much is the typical Windows surcharge?
Well that's because no netbook vendors make the same exact models for Windows and Linux. Since Linux is free, they can put more into hardware. Since it's open source, changes can be made easily to accommodate new hardware, such as SSD. In Windows XP, using an SSD causes an IO error. This is actually why you can't necessarily get a Linux netbook and install Windows XP later. You'd have to spend time and money to modify the netbook yourself to get it to work.
Some other things to keep in mind is Linux has a completely different design than Windows. Like how it handles swap space and RAM. Linux is much more efficient and you don't need as much RAM to perform the same tasks as when on Windows.
I'll admit something, I typically forget about how some manufacturers don't make drivers for Linux. So you should check the Linux Hardware Compatibility List
to see if your existing peripherals can connect with Linux. That is, if you don't have a main PC to take care of that for you.
Originally Posted by dboll
I have the Asus 1000H, upgraded it with 320gb Hard Drive and 2GB of ram. I find it perfect for my uses. For surfing the web, word processing, listening to music, and the occasional other task it performs wonderfully. The 10" screen doesn't bother my eyes, you adjust quickly so soon any other screen looks huge. The keyboard and touchpad are both very good as well. But the best parts are the portability of the small size and the excellent battery life. Nothing like carrying a computer that feels smaller then a spiral notebook and has battery life to last 5+ hours.
For what you do, you don't need 2 GB. This is what I advise people against. Netbooks were never meant to replace a full desktop. Actually, nothing should ever replace a full desktop. Both netbooks and notebooks should merely be a portable extensions to them. Just set up a server and then remotely control it with the netbook or notebook. When I see people have more than 50 GB is a netbook or notebook, I can't help but think how much they're wasting.
Originally Posted by Flamebeur
this is a good thread, I've been thinking about switching over to a 10-13" notebook since i mostly use it for internet/office..
has anyone seen a review article comparing the current options?
I have more to say, but I have to go socialize now.