Wednesday, December 12, 2007

You Ask, NoypEee Answers part deux (Windows-less Eee PC)

My colleagues has been asking me why I have not "Microsoftified" (read: installed WinXP) my Eee yet. Here's the long and short of it:

My Eee is not my primary computer. I use Windows XP at work and I use OS X at home. I like to think that I am platform-agnostic and I take pride in my ability to work in whatever computing environment in front of me. Besides, the cost of "upgrading" my Eee PC from Xandros Linux to Microsoft (Windows XP + MS Office + MS Money) will end up being more expensive than my hardware!

In its out-of-the box state, the Eee PC is usable because upon its first boot up, it already has almost all the necessary applications for a person to be productive -- OpenOffice.Org for word processing/spreadsheets/presentations, FireFox for web browsing, Thunderbird for email, Pidgin for instant messaging, and a host of other **free** bundled applications.

With all these in mind, I see no need to change my Eee PC's operating system.

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1 comment:

Danny said...

I agree with you that the eee PC should be left alone with it's original OS (LINUX). I am just wondering about the "Advance" setup of the OS. I read that it would make our eeePC look more like a computer than an appliance. From what I've read, you would have to be knowledgeable in Linux before you can convert to the Advance setup. Have you tried it? Can you make it easy for us? Thanks.