- Intel Celeron 847 (1.1 GHz)
- 2 GB Memory 320 GB HDD
- Intel HD Graphics
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8 64-Bit
not linux friendly 05/17/2013
It has a nice-looking screen compared to my old Atom netbook from 2010. It works.
It is not linux friendly. My plan was to install lubuntu, but this turned out to be impossible since lubuntu does not support the new UEFI alternative to BIOS. So instead I am forced to install some other distro. I chose xubuntu 64.
Or at least I TRIED to choose it. As the previous reviewer mentioned, the darned wifi drivers don't work correctly with the latest (13.04) version! Fortunately when I downgraded to 12.04.2 LTS the driver problem was resolved. (Note: do NOT attempt to use the proprietary/restricted drivers!) So to the above person, if you don't mind downgrading to xubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64, that will solve your problem.
I don't like the touchpad either, as it is awkward to use and interferes with my typing.
Overall I'm very disappointed. I wanted to go with an Atom netbook which would have MUCH better performance-per-watt, but I couldn't find anything with an Atom that looked good, so I chose this. I guess I should have looked harder, because from what I hear online, the Atom architecture is likely to be much more linux friendly.
Strictly speaking there is nothing "wrong" with the netbook. If you plan to just use Windows 8 (good luck with that by the way) then I'm sure it would be fine. But if you're like me and you need linux, then please be aware that this netbook comes bundled with a free subscription to headaches and hair pulling.
Dear Valued Customer,
I am sorry that you had issues installing Linux on your netbook. It seems like you had to go through quite a bit of hassle to get everything working the way you wanted. Of course, as you know, the netbook wasn't designed to run any other operating system other than Windows. With that said, it is good to know that everything is working for you now.
If you have any questions about your ASUS netbook or if you have any questions about ASUS products in general, please let me know. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a nice day!
ASUS Customer Loyalty
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