The Asus Eee PC 1008HA is a thin and light netbook that weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures just an inc thick. It was the first Asus netbook to be feature the new “Seashell” style design. And it’s currently only available with Windows XP, even though Asus was a pioneer in putting Linux on netbooks.
But this weekend Asus did something interesting. The company posted Linux source code for the Asus Eee PC 1008HA. In fact, there are 5 different downloads, ranging in size 299Mb to 488MB. I have no idea what the difference is between one and the other, and I’m not entirely sure what’s contained in the files yet. But if I had to guess, I’d say that Asus is preparing to launch a version of the Eee PC 1008HA that runs Moblin Linux.
Keep in mind, what’s on the Asus support site right now is source code. There aren’t any disc images available for download, which means you can’t download and install the software yet. But if you know more about Linux than I do, you might be able to compile a disc image using the source code. Any penguins out there want to give it a try or give the source code a closer look and let us know what you find in the comments?
Update: The source code isn’t 5 different files… it’s 1 big file broken up into 5 pieces. In other words, the whole thing is about 2.2GB.
Update 2: There’s a similarly huge set of source code downloads for the Asus Eee PC 1005HA as well.