So much for that idea, haha. Well, after my issues with DHL (apparently they are overloaded and were not able to deliver my overnight package TWO days in a row), I finally forced them to let me go on the second day and pick it up before they closed at 8pm.
At last I had it in my hands.. it sure is tiny, reminded me of my previous netbook, the 7" eeePC, but the curves and overall build made it seem much more worth the price (even as low as it is). I let the Mini boot into Windows, and ran through a few setup processes beforehand. I should have just booted off my prepared Archlinux USB installer. First thing I noticed in the default Windows install is the amount of applications loaded in the system tray as well as one that had a splash screen - for the camera that I didn't have.
Anyway, I really don't have that much time to get into specifics, but I do have an up and running Archlinux desktop on my Mini. Got wireless working with ndiswrapper and Xorg working perfectly with the Intel drivers. My next hurdle is sound, as it appears to play in beep media player, or audacious, but no sound comes out of the speakers. I made sure they were using the ALSA output plugin as well as checking gnome-alsamixer settings.
Made a few changes in the default setup to make temp directories write to RAM rather than the SSD
to save on writes. Also disabled Firefox's cache, only kept the back/forward cache on which uses RAM, again to save on writes on the SSD
Below is a screenshot of my current desktop, memory usage and space usage. I've installed Firefox, openbox, some gnome accessories like gnome-panel, gnome-icon-theme, gtk2-themes, various fonts, gnome-terminal, ftp programs, openbox, to name a few.
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