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I’m running the Mandriva Spring 2008 (One) Live CD on my Linux box (the one that normally runs Ubuntu). It’s the first time I’ve used KDE.

So far so good…although things generally go well or very badly in the first five minutes….

I forgot how slow live CDs are to boot or do, well, anything.

It doesn’t seem too different from Ubuntu; at this point it’s certainly not worth going through an installation.

(I really just wanted to try out the colour changing desktop. Somehow it’s not as cool as I thought it would be.)


I’ve been doing more reading about UMPCs. In actual fact, I think I’m a little obsessed. I’ve been awaiting the launch of the Dell-E, aka the “mini Inspiron”. It was supposed to launch yesterday, but now I hear it’s going to launch September 4th. For all the excitement around it – rumour is that is has a crappy slow SSD.

I’m leaning towards the EEE pc 1000H. I’m not keen on the SSD’s lifespan and heftier price. I wish the HDD version came with Xandros (it ships with XP) because Ubuntu doesn’t work all that great, even with all the kernel-hacking that’s being done. I’ve been reading about Mandriva, and from what I can understand it has the least amount of issues with the 1000. It works right out of the box for the EEE pc 700/701; the developers just didn’t realize that Asus was going to unleash a billion EEE pc models.