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1 The Linux-based ASUS Eee PC Lim Kin Chew 16 Jan 08

2 Contents of presentation ASUS Eee PC 4G Features –Hardware –Software Uses: –Work, study, entertainment Limitations Resource links Conclusion

3 Ultra Mobile PC - ASUS EeePC 4G First launched in Singapore during SITEX 2007 on 1 st December Based on the popular Linux (Debian/Xandros) Operating System platform. Uses the window manager called IceWM. Ability to withstand shock using a solid state memory, no hard disk involved. Built-in WiFi b/g to seamlessly connect to the Internet. Audio/Video capability with built-in webcam, speakers, microphone. Pre-install software such as OpenOffice 2.0, Firefox, KDE Kontact, Planner, Skype and other educational software.

4 Models in the ASUS Eee PC Series Eee PC 8G Eee PC 4G Eee PC 4G Surf Eee PC 2G Surf (Source:

5 Comparison of UMPCs ASUS Eee PC Kojinsha SA1 Kojinsha SH811 Packard Bell XS20 Gigabyte U60 Intel Classmate ProcessorIntel Celeron M 900 MHz AMD Geode LX800 Intel A MHz VIA 1.2 GHzVIA 1 GHzIntel Celeron M 900 MHz RAM512 MHz 1 GB 768 MB256 MB Screen7-inch 800 x 480 native 7-inch 1024 x 600 native 7-inch 800 x 480 native 6.5-inch 800 x 480 native 7-inch 800 x 480 native Storage4 GB Flash40 GB Hard disk 120 GB Hard disk 30 GB Hard disk 2 GB Hard disk OSLinuxWindows XPWindows Vista Windows XP WebcamYesNoYes No Ports3 USB, SD2 USB, SD, Compact Flash 2 USB, SD 2 USB Warranty1 year 3 years1 year NA Weight920 g985 g990 g950 g740 gUnknown Price (with GST) $598$960$1,390$1,298$1,549Not available here (Source: Digital Life, 18 Dec 2007)

6 The Schematic

7 The Celeron M Intel Processor

8 The Intel GMA 900 chip It supports the memory controller for the DDR2 512MB 667MHz memory module as well as offering the graphics core for the LCD and external VGA port.

9 LCD Graphics Port Port links the LCD directly with ribbon cable.

10 The DDR II 512 MB RAM Rated at 667 MHz

11 The Intel CH6-M Chip Chip supports the following: 1.3x USB ports, 2.Realtek sound chip (ALC6628) giving 5.1- channel High Definition sound, 3.Built-in stereo speakers, 4.MMC(plus)/ SD(HC) card reader, 5.Microphone 6.Keyboard 7.Mouse pad, 8.10/100 Mbps Ethernet 9.V.92 56K modem 10.Mini PCI-E slots 11.Another vacant PCI- E port for future expansion

12 The Realtek ALC6628 chipset provides 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio. The Realtek ALC6628

13 The LCD Panel Here we have the 7 Optronics Display having a WVGA resolution of 800x480. The TFT-LCD has built-in stereo speakers and a microphone.

14 The Webcam The Eee PC 701 4G also ships with a Webcam capable of VGA (640x480 pixels) at up to 30 FPS (frames per second, Omnivision sensor).

15 Wireless Communications Card The Wireless communications card is an Azure b/g Wi-Fi PCI-E card. However, there is no Bluetooth facility in this model.

16 The BIOS The BIOS is American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI).

17 MMC(plus) / SD(HC) card reader

18 Microphone & Headphone Jacks

19 The Complete Inventory

20 Some demonstrations Open Office Shell prompt Full desktop mode

21 OpenOffice 2.0 Initial release in 2000 by Sun Microsystems and obtained its first million downloads by 2001 before its first anniversary. Reached 20 million downloads in Key desktop applications (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program). Available in 65 languages, with more constantly added from the community. Press Ctrl + Space bar to activate the SCIM utility – Chinese, Japanese & Korean inputs Dont know why ASUS uses the Version 2.0 instead of the latest Version 2.3. Most probably it might be the file size consideration.

22 OpenOffice 2.0 Writer Fully equipped word processor and desktop publisher with AutoCorrect and AutoFormat for easy document writing. Standard document template such as letters and minutes. Flexibility to create your own template. Calc Spreadsheet program with Datapilot technology to extract raw data from databases, summarize and convert to meaningful information. Built-in functions and natural language formulas to assist to create your spreadsheet in less time. Writer/Calc Ability to convert to PDF format without requiring to install a third party converter. Portability to save and open your documents in Microsoft Word/Excel format. Writer Screenshot Calc Screenshot

23 OpenOffice 2.0 Impress All-in-one tool to create winning multimedia presentations. Use Master Pages to manage consistency in your presentation. Equipped with slide show animation and effects to enhance your presentation with stunning impacts. Draw Create and edit images easily with Draw without installing complex images editors. Ability to import common image formats (jpg, gif, bmp, png, tiff and wmf) Impress/Draw Ability to export to Flash (.swf) files from your presentation/drawings. Impress Screenshot Draw Screenshot

24 OpenOffice 2.0 Base Uses the full version of HSQL database engine and stores data in XML format. Supports popular databases such as (Microsoft Access, MySQL, ADO) through industry standards ODBC and JDBC drivers. Create queries and reports to display meaningful data in wide variety formats. Math Create mathematical formula and equations easily without installing any font packages. When used in Writer, the equation is treated as an object. (ADO – ActiveX Data Objects ODBC – Open Database Connectivity JDBC – Java Database Connectivity) Base Screenshot Math Screenshot

25 KDE Kontact Your Personal Information Manager KDE Kontact is a PIM (Personal Information Manager) which can help you manage your communication and organize your work so that you can achieve personal efficiency and productivity. KDE also supports various groupware servers (e.g. Kolab Server, SUSE Linux Openexchange, MS Exchange server 2000 and Novell Groupwise) such that you can access features like shared folders, group task list, calendar sharing, address books and meeting scheduling. Kontact consists of the following components:- –Summary –Mail –Calendar –Contact –Notes –News (KDE – K Desktop Environment)

26 KDE Kontact Your Personal Information Manager Summary Specially customized for KDE Kontact to provide an overview of the other components. Mail Standard mail client with IMAP, POP3 and SMTP support. HTML friendly Calendar Scheduling tool to help you manage your meetings. (IMAP –Internet Message Access Protocol POP3 – Post Office Protocol 3 SMTP – Simple Mail Transport Protocol) Summary Screenshot Calendar Screenshot Mail Screenshot

27 KDE Kontact Your Personal Information Manager Contacts Manages your contacts similar to an address book. Customizable to your requirements. News News reader that is GNKSA compliant and allows reading of HTML articles. Notes Digital sticky notes collection where you can stick them on your desktop. Contacts Screenshot News Screenshot Notes Screenshot

28 Thunderbird Features Advanced Folders View Offers many ways to organize and display your folders. Ability to set up RSS/News feeds to stay updated with the latest news. Message Tagging Allows you to tag / identify your s with descriptors such as To-Do. You can even customize your own tag. Message Templates Allows you to easily set up your message templates for your repeated s. Add-ons Many add-ons to provide you with more features from a regular mail client. (RSS – Really Simple Syndication) Message Tagging Advanced Folders Sample

29 GnuCash Managing Your Financials Overview Competitor for Microsoft Money and Quicken on personal and small business accounting. Rich application with the ability to manage your money and accounts for a variety of financial needs. These needs can range from personal checking accounts to business accounts. Uses Druids instead of Wizards to assist you with various activities in the program such as setting up a new account or investment portfolio. Graphical Reports Register Screen

30 Limitations Customized version of Xandros Need to install the full version of Linux before you can do programming work, e.g. gcc not available No bluetooth facility Limited Flash-based storage – 4 GB in the 701 model. However, can increase capacity by adding an SDHC card. Memory – 512 MB

31 New screen resolutions Eee PCs original screen resolution: –800 x 480 pixels New resolutions (just announced): –800×600 pixels, –1024×768 pixels, –1280×1024 pixels

32 Other uses for the Eee PC Build a Portable Security Tool with the ASUS Eee PC and Ubuntu – Classroom use by kindergarten and primary school students (like the OLPC) Conference presentations / presentations for clients (e.g. by insurance agents, advertising agents, property brokers) Students doing field work to collect data DeviceVMs SplashTop running on ASUS Eee PC –

33 Resource links (Official website)

34 Conclusion The ASUS Eee PC is a very convenient, lightweight and mobile PC. Suitable for simple uses like office work, presentations, surfing the Web, doing your school work, experimentation Not suitable for serious heavy duty programming.

35 End of Presentation Thank you!

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