If you’re on the lookout for a lightweight Linux installation that would be perfect for your Asus Eee PC – especially if you’re unluckily stuck with the really old Eee PC 701s – try Leeenux Linux. The weirdly-named lightweight Linux distribution is made mainly for Asus Eee PCs with 7″ screens, but that doesn’t mean that other netbooks can’t use it as well. The developer boasts that everything works out-of-the-box, and that every new release uses less resources than ever. The amazing thing about Leeenux is that when it’s installed, it only takes 1.2 GB of storage space, so if you have the 2GB surf models, you’re going to have some space left on your Eee PC.
They just released an update, so if you’re running version 1.3, now is the right time to download and install the newest version. They’re already on version 2.0, and the Leeenux website boasts that the current .ISO is only 359MB – that’s a huge slimming down; their previous version was 486MB.
The latest update brings a number of new applications including Firefox 3.7 beta, Thunderbird and Lightning for calendar, email, and contact management, and a number of emulators for old school Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games. Because you know, when you’ve only got a limited amount of storage space and screen real estate, old school gaming is the way to go. Or something like that.
Yes, old-school gaming on the Asus Eee! I’ve been doing that for ages, actually, but now that it’s slip-streamed into the OS we don’t have to worry about configuring stuff anymore.