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Title: The Linuxbased ASUS Eee PC


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

2
Contents of presentationASUS 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
    1st December 2007.
  • 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 802.11 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.
  • http//www.hardwarezone.com/news/view.php?id9497
  • http//asia.cnet.com/reviews/notebooks/0,39050495,
    62035943,00.htm

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4
Models in the ASUS Eee PC Series
  • Eee PC 8G
  • Eee PC 4G
  • Eee PC 4G Surf
  • Eee PC 2G Surf
  • (Source http//wiki.eeeuser.com/eee_pc_701)

5
Comparison of UMPCs
(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
  • 3x USB ports,
  • Realtek sound chip (ALC6628) giving 5.1-channel
    High Definition sound,
  • Built-in stereo speakers,
  • MMC(plus)/ SD(HC) card reader,
  • Microphone
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse pad,
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • V.92 56K modem
  • Mini PCI-E slots
  • Another vacant PCI-E port for future expansion

12
The Realtek ALC6628
The Realtek ALC6628 chipset provides 5.1 Channel
High Definition Audio.
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
802.11b/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 2003.
  • 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 KontactYour 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 email
    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 KontactYour 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
Mail Screenshot
Calendar Screenshot
27
KDE KontactYour 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
ThunderbirdFeatures
  • 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 emails 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 emails.
  • Add-ons
  • Many add-ons to provide you with more features
    from a regular mail client.
  • (RSS Really Simple Syndication)

Advanced Folders
Message Tagging
Sample Email
29
GnuCashManaging Your Financials
Register Screen
  • 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
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)
  • 800600 pixels,
  • 1024768 pixels,
  • 12801024 pixels

32
Other uses for the Eee PC
  • Build a Portable Security Tool with the ASUS Eee
    PC and Ubuntu
  • http//www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/nethub/a
    rticle.php/3713806
  • 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
  • http//www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pagearticleitem
    965num1

33
Resource links
  • http//eeepc.asus.com (Official website)
  • http//www.eeeuser.com
  • http//wiki.eeeuser.com

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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