I was wondering if you got wireless working on the eee?
No, I never did get wireless going on the eeepc.
I have haunted a number of message boards and googled the topic ad infinitum looking for clues to get wireless working on the eepc using VL but have failed to come up with a solution. There is a flavor of Puppy Linux that is in development for the eeepc that is called PuPeee 4.0beta. It is advertised to support eeepc hardware out of the box. Guess What? It does not support wireless out of the box. This is a problem that has plagued a number of people who have tried this distro on the eeepc. Fortunately someone developed a script that can be executed from the command line or it can be configured to start wireless on boot up.
I have noticed that while PuPeee is very fast from live cd it is not so fast (not nearly as fast as VL) when installed to hdd. I found I had a preference for the native Xandros distro over that one due to speed and other minor issues.
The initial reports on the 901 indicated that the new Atom processor would be functionally slower than anticipated but apparently that was bunk. The 901 is reported to be the real deal with an Atom motherboard, a 1.6GHz Diamondville processor, 533MHz FSB, 1GB RAM and of course more hdd space (Windows XP 12GB & Linux 20GB) according to PC World. The larger 8.9 screen supports 1024x600 and will present A4 size pages without the need to sidescroll. The 901 also supports bluetooth.
A WiMax version is being released that will utilitze dual mode wifi/wimax featuring the Linksys 5150 chipset. Will this make the eeepc more VL friendly? I do not know. VL supports the propietary chipset implemented in the 701. The Atheros wireless has been successfully setup by VL users on other systems but every effort to setup wifi in VL on my eeepc has met with dismal failure.
Too bad. I really enjoy this little box. I have no problems with the tiny keyboard even with aging, somewhat arthritic hands. I quickly became accustomed to the screen size. The 701 also supports higher resolutions on external monitors. It takes up no space and I have come to prefer it at home over other systems for routine use. My son has been lobbying me to buy him one. I want to do a little more research but if the 901 will permit the use of VL with wireless, display, sound, etc. I will probably upgrade to the 901 and hand off my 701. However, if I can find a way to make VL work on the 701 I will likely stick with what I have. It was fine when I bought it and it is perfectly fine now (except no VL).
In regard to solid state hard drives and the eepc; someone over at http://forum.eeeuser.com
developed a table to demonstrate wear rates at essentially worst case scenarios and concluded that if the eepc were subjected to the highest predictable wear rates while being used 8 hours per day that the ssd would sadly need to be retired in 25 years. It was an interesting read.
(not that I would get one soon... I can hardly afford to buy potatoes at the moment)
It is a sad state when someone with a bright mind and/or able hands and the willingness to use them cannot afford potatoes! What a strange thing to have happen in a world where there really is an awful lot of food and money going to waste.