ASUS Eee PC Now Officially Available With Windows XP
March 6, 2008 11:08 AM
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The ASUS Eee PC, now officially available running XP
(Source: ASUS Eee Microsite)
ASUS officially launches the Microsoft-equipped flavor of its popular ultra-portable
While enthusiasts have been loading Windows XP onto ASUS' ultra-portable Eee PC
of their own regard since its launch
, those who wanted to avoid the worry of customizing the Microsoft OS -- or just wanted the familiar "Windows Key" instead of the "Home Key" were left waiting for the official launch.
ASUS announced late on Wednesday
the release of the Eee with a pre-loaded Windows XP operating system. Keeping the focus on the original philosophy of "Easy to learn, work, and play" the Eee-XP comes preloaded with a number of Windows Live products, such as Mail, Messenger, Photo Gallery, and "Family Safety" -- a parental-controls suite. The entry-level Microsoft Works suite will also be provided, but ASUS has specified that it will not be available in certain regions, likely due to localization restrictions on the software.
Given the issues about the lifespan of the internal SSD raised in an
, there is some concern with regards to any new wear-leveling that may be put in place to extend the drive life. Most devices with solid-state storage have used operating systems designed to minimize repeated write-erase cycles, such as Linux or an embedded version of Windows, rather than a full consumer OS.
Having recently announced their
second-generation Eee PC 900
, ASUS is working to fend off attempts on the budget-ultraportable market from
HP's upcoming 2133 sub-notebook
, and the recently-unveiled
Pricing for the Eee-XP has not been announced at the time of this article, but previous predictions estimated that an additional markup of $30-$60 USD would be required over the Linux-equipped models.
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3/6/2008 5:58:00 PM
It's the "turning on" of those bodily functions that wakes me up. :)
I always thought it would be cool to have a thumb drive for each program that one runs on a system. Like a game cartridge for an old video game system. This way it keeps less data on your system, still access in fair speed, data and program would be very security (hard to steal when it's not on a system - by hacking at least), and should not have to fear reloading your OS and lose data (everything would be stored remotely.) By keeping the data off your system, it should keep the speed of your system running as fast (or near to the speed) as the day you first turned in on. The current price of a thumb drive is really the only problem I can think of right now.
"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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