The slightly larger screen will keep application windows within the viewing area. On the ultra mobile pc's with 7" screens many of the applications will lose status bars or selection buttons below the screen. It can be dealt with by pressing the ALT key and repositioning the window with the mouse. This is a problem for some users. I would think that switching to icewm would help out somewhat with that. The newer versions will have faster processors as well (the 900MHz cpu actually clocks at about 600MHz according to some reports that I have read). No big deal there as far as I am concerned. I just want to know if I can get VL running inside it.
I did some research on these and found one for sale with Windows Vista on it. Apparently there is a stripped down version of Vista floating around the 'net. It's called Vista Lite. Odd thing to do when one can just run linux or xp if you need windows for some reason.
The thing that gets me is the big jump in price tag between an Eee pc with a 7" screen and one with a 9" screen. Not worth the dinero if you ask me.