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Xandros Presto promises yet another instant-on Linux experience

Xandros isn't a new name in netbook oeprating systems. After all, it was their OS that first appeared on Asus' category-defining EeePC. What next? Why, instant-on, of course! Called Presto, the new OS will be joining other options like JoliCloud, Moblin, gOS Cloud, and Phoenix Hyperspace. As is the case with competing products, the goal is to provide a fast-booting desktop experience that...

Microsoft softens Windows XP restrictions

Microsoft may have ceased offering Windows XP to retail customers, but that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on the venerable operating system. The company is allowing PC makers to offer customers a "downgrade" option if they purchase a new computer with Windows Vista Business or Ultimate. And Microsoft has been trying to fend off the Linux threat (more of a mosquito than an alien invasion)...

Microsoft will support Windows XP until 2010 -- on low power laptops only

Last week we were speculating that Microsoft could issue a stay of execution for Windows XP. Computer makers are supposed to stop loading the OS on new PCs at the end of June. But here's the thing, some of the most popular laptops on the market this year are pretty much incapable of running Windows Vista. That's because low power ultraportable devices like the Eee PC and the Everex Cloudbook are...

Could Windows XP get another stay of execution?

Come June, computer makers are supposed to stop offering Windows XP on prebuilt systems. Microsoft will continue to support the operating system for a while, but the goal is to phase XP out and phase Vista in. But Microsoft has already extended XP's lifetime due to widespread concerns over Windows Vista. CNet has an interesting article suggesting that Microsoft could give Windows XP another...

WinMover makes resizing and moving windows easier

We've been playing with an Asus Eee PC for the last few months, and we have to say one of the most useful features on this tiny laptop with a low resolution screen is the fact that you can drag windows by pressing Alt+left click. Since the Eee PC has a non-standard 800 x 480 pixel display, many programs have windows that are too large to fit on the display. Fortunately, you can use the...

KDE 4 coming on Jan 11th, download RC2 today

While Linux was once the operating system of command line enthusiasts only, there are now several popular graphical desktop environments, including Gnome, XFCE, and KDE. Of the three, XFCE is the lightest-weight, meaning it's designed to run well on older PCs with slower processors and less powerful graphics cards. Gnome and KDE include more desktop effects, some of which might just be pretty to...

Microsoft to begin tests of Windows XP on the OLPC in January

Pretty soon you'll be able to run Windows on pretty much any PC you buy, no matter how small. Thanks to Boot Camp and Parallels you can run Windows on a Mac. And thanks to an aggressive push by Microsoft, you can run Windows on Asus's low-cost laptop the Eee PC (while the first units are shipping with Linux, they include instructions for loading Windows XP and Asus plans to sell units with XP...

Emulate the OLPC or Eee PC operating systems in Ubuntu

Say you're intensely curious about the stripped down, customized versions of Linux that are running on the tiny laptops like the Asus Eee PC or Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC project, but you don't feel like spending $400 to pick up a new toy that you might never use. As luck would have it, there are (relatively) easy ways to emulate both the OLPC's Sugar OS and the Eee PC's "easy mode" Xandros...

Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard on an Eee PC

One of the great things about the Eee PC is that, unlike a $400 PDA or phone, the $400 laptop is a full fledged computer that just happens to weigh less than 2 pounds. And while Asus went through a lot of work to load a customized Linux interface onto the Eee PC, the company also made it pretty easy to slap your own operating system on there. In fact, the Eee PC ships with instructions for wiping...

Download Squad Week in Review

It's been a busy week here at Download Squad HQ. We produced our first ever Squadcast, spent way too much time playing with our new Eee PC, and drafted a plan for fixing our parents' broken computer over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here's what you might have missed if you weren't paying attention this week. And shame on you for that, by the way. The Squadcast: Episode #01 Download Squad's Grant...

Eee PC Tips: A crash course in Linux

So you're an early adopter and you've run out to buy yourself Asus's $400 Eee PC because it seemed like a great price for a fully functional 2 pound computer that's about the size of a typical hardcover book (and far smaller than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). But the innovative easy to use interface might get old pretty quickly if you want to do more than surf the web and create letters,...

Up close with the Eee PC - part 2: Installing unsupported programs

Sure, the Asus Eee PC comes with a cool new user interface that makes the tiny laptop with the 7 inch screen easy to use even if you know nothing about Linux. But can you play Doom on it? Well yes, we're pretty sure you can, but we didn't try. What we did try was adding unsupported Debian Linux repositories that let you install a whole slew of applications beside the 40 or so that the Eee PC...

Up close with the Eee PC user interface - part 1

November 1st has come and gone, and that means that Asus has begun shipping the Eee PC, a $399 ultra-light laptop that could give both the OLPC and major laptop makers a run for their money. We're going to focus primarily on the software side of things, but in a nutshell, the first widely available model packs a 900MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of solid state memory. It weighs just 2.1...

A look at the Eee PC's custom Linux interface

Asus is set to launch the tiny Eee PC in the US this week. While the US version will cost about twice the $199 price that Asus teased us with this summer, the Eee PC is a full fledged computer in a 2 pound package for under $400, and that's pretty impressive. What's also impressive is the custom Linux interface Asus threw together to make the Eee PC as useful as possible. Since the machine has a...