While the earliest Asus Eee PC netbooks were equipped with Linux, today Asus sells far more Eee PCs running Windows XP than Linux. But that doesn’t mean the mini-laptops aren’t still extremely popular with Linux and open source enthusiasts. The folks at Datamation have put together a list of 24 open source applications available for Eee PC netbooks.
The list includes popular Linux distributions designed especially for the Eee PC including Eeebuntu, CrunchEee and Easy Peasy. There are also apps that let you customize Eee PC settings, replicate the look of the Eee PC Easy Mode on Windows XP, or play games on your netbook.
While not all of the programs are designed exclusively for the Eee PC, you won’t find no-brainers like Firefox or OpenOffice.org. For the most part, this is a list of apps that you may not be aware of, but which can improve your netbook experience. Some of these applications will also work on non-Asus netbooks.
In case you’re pressed for time/lazy like me and still don’t have Linux installed on your XP netbook, some of these apps offer windows versions too. (I’ve had my 1000HE for over a month now and am still running XP 🙂
Of the ones for windows, so far I’ve installed Stellarium, which seems a lot like the pricier SkyMap.
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