Linux netbook Can someone please advise with respect to this Linux netbook: does it provide a graphical interface so that I don't have to type commands. Especially, when it comes to adding this machine to my network, do I have to edit etc files? Also, does it come with some sort of spreadsheet software such that I could capture some information during the day and then move it into Excel at night?
Nearly every modern version of linux, including those on the eeepc, aspire one, etc, comes with a fully graphical user interface and a full office suite which is compatible with MS office files (including excel).
From wikipedia (eee pc article): "The base Linux system boots in 20-22 seconds, substantially faster than the boot time for an installation of Windows XP on the same hardware On top of this, the Eee PC runs a custom tab-based interface and uses IceWM as the default window manager. Forty bundled software applications include OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Firefox, Skype, Tux Paint and other educational entertainment software, E-mail, and Internet radio applications, Google Docs and Wikipedia look-up tool."
Check out this article from computerworld for a good rundown of the advantages of the linux-based eeepc 1000: blogs.computerworld.com/real_life_linux_the_asus_eee_pc_1000
System76 sells a netbook (the Starling) that comes preloaded with Ubuntu's Netbook Remix 9.04, a Linux operating system that is customized specially for a netbook. I've been very happy with the Starling I bought in June 2009. You can see my review of it at: http://www.janehadley.net/Starling_Review/starling_review.html