The ASUS eeePC 1000 I had been using at work died several months back.
Motherboard got a little flaky... some trace seemed cracked or something... if you pressed on part of the motherboard a little, it would shut down.
Anyway, I was assigned a Toshiba Satellite T215 as a replacement. Here are some specs:
CPU: 1.7-GHz AMD Athlon II Neo Processor K125
RAM/Upgradeable to: 2GB/8GB
Hard Drive Size/Speed: 250GB/5,400 rpm
Display Size/Resolution: 11.6 inches / 1366 x 768 native resolution
Graphics/Video Memory: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225/256MB
This has about 50% to 100% better CPU performance to the Atom in the eeePC 1000, but a shorter battery life. A bit bigger than most netbooks, a bit smaller than most small laptops.
I shrunk the Windows 7 partition and installed both Fedora 14 and (of course!) TinyCore. At first, the display was badly stretched by the xvesa graphics (xvesa seems to top out at 1024x768). I installed Xorg 7.5 "confless" and it was able to open up in the native 1366x768 resolution. However, there are some issues related to X:
1) I don't have any visible text if I leave X and go to the bare console (black screen). I can blindly type "startx" and get back into X, but that kind of makes it hard to run a text-only app, such as the xconfig utility. Adding a vga boot code in my grub menu.lst entry didn't help. Other ideas?
2) The synaptic touchpad works at a basic level, but in Windows 7 and Fedora 14, if you swipe along the right edge or bottom, you will get vertical and horizontal scrolling, respectively (like two-finger scrolling in the eeePC). I'd like to get that touchpad feature working in Tinycore.
3) I think the full hardware acceleration is not working:
[drm] failed to load kernel module "radeon"
(EE) RADEON(0): [dri] RADEONDRIGetVersion failed to open the DRM
[dri] Disabling DRI.
(II) RADEON(0): using shadow framebuffer
Another issue: battery life in TC is pretty short... not much more than 3 hours. I think I can get over 4 in Fedora and Windows. Those other OSes probably use CPU speed management automatically. I need to try to install the TC extensions to better manage the CPU speed and power consumption.
If anyone has advice in any of these areas, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Thanks!