eee S101

by on Mar.21, 2009, under Linux on the EEE

asus eee s101

asus eee s101

I ordered an asus eee s101 from NCIX, should be arriving here on Monday or Tuesday.  Newegg actually had the laptop for a lower price, but NCIX does pricematch, and I’ve always had great service from them.  I plan to install gentoo or arch linux on it, and will document the experience here in-case anyone else would like to try.

The s101 is based on the intel-atom cpu and has pretty much the same specs as the other eee models, aside from the ssd.  The ssd on the s101 (16GB, the 32GB/64GB linux versions are not available on my continent) is a several times faster then the one provided with the 900/901 models.  Additionally the entire ssd is in one upgradable (albeit not easily) module, compared to the 4GB+8GB (or 4GB+16GB for the linux version) split modules on the 900/901.  Also, I’ve been told (read elsewhere) that the s101 comes with a 16GB SD card.

4 Comments for this entry

  • drazed

    I have decided to try my luck with arch linux (http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Official_Arch_Linux_Install_Guide). This will be my first arch install, so I may stumble a bit. I may try out other distros as well if arch doesn’t meet my needs.

  • Tonnichi

    Hey, how goes with Arch Linux on your s101? Please let me know.

  • drazed

    Arch works great on the S101. The only issue I’ve had so far is suspend2ram, which I believe is solvable but I haven’t worked it out yet. Everything else worked out-of-the-box (if there’s such a thing in Arch, minimal extras needed aside from the config changes). I will eventually post my configs and details to drazed.com, just need time :p

  • Vincent

    Just bought one (I’m writing on it at the moment). I also plan to install Arch on it, Windows XP is so outdated compared to Vista or other recent Linux distributions. I’m in Europe like you, so no 32/64 Gb version with Linux available, but I confirm that there was a 16 Gb SD card in the package. Otherwise it looks really nice, it is really really light, and I’ll see how it behaves with Arch…

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