Hello everyone, the name's Dave and I just got my Mini-9, 8gig with Ubuntu in the mail on Friday.
I'm new to the Mini 9 but not new to Netbooks, having owned an Asus EeePC 701 and an Eee PC 900HA. In fact, I still own the latter, but will be putting it up for sale soon.
When I first bought my Eee PC 701 I thought of it mostly as a toy, but it quickly became my favorite computer. I bought the 900HA because I wanted to larger screen (1024 instead of 800 pixels across). The 160gig hard drive was a nice extra, but to be perfectly honest, I had a winlighted version of windows XP Pro, Office XP, Photoshop 7, Unreal Tournament and Age of Empires on my 4gig Eee PC 701, along with a few other odds and ends and still had about 2 gigs of free space (I did compress the Program Files folder, though).
What sold me on the Mini 9 was the fabulous keyboard. Dell really did an outstanding job picking and choosing just the right trade-offs to produce a tiny keyboard that is surprisingly usable. When I got a chance to play with one in Best Buy I was sold, and when I learned through Gizmodo that Dell was having a sale and shipping Ubunto models with 512 ram and 8 gig SSDs for $199.00 I leaped at the offer. The only thing I added was internal bluetooth for a grand total of $240.00 shipped (including taxes).
My original plan was to put Windows XP Pro on this machine, but the copy I have is so old it's having problems formatting the SSD
. I've tried slipstreaming various service packs, but that only helped marginally (the process moved along a little farther than before but still hung or bluescreened on me). Most troubling: I tried a test install of the OEM copy of XP with SP2 that came with a PC I got recently and everything went well until the reboot and XP seemed to have difficulty finding my external Sony USB DVD-drive. So I was not able to perform even a test install. What a pain. I do want to get XP Pro on this machine eventually, and will buy a new copy off eBay if I have to. I just need to find an install procedure that works for me.
In the meantime I'm using Ubuntu, which I find pleasantly full featured and easy to use. I'll play around with the GIMP a bit and see if I feel comfortable enough with it to abandon Photoshop. Finding a suitable Linux substitute for Age of Empires and Unreal Tournament might prove a bit more difficult, though. Any suggestions?