Writing software for Linux / Use of Eee PC

Hi, Paolo

Thanks for the links you posted earlier. I had a chance to look at them and do like the look of “Apple linux”, but I’m not sure how much I want to do to get it up and running on my EeePc.

Like you, I found JDarkroom soon after I bought my EeePc back in December. Once Duncan (the developer) came out with variable margins, it’s been a dream to use. Since I’ve never looked upon the little Eee as a complete platform for my writing, I am happy just to be able to throw it in a tote and write, save it to the SD card, then later transfer the new writing to Scrivener. I’ve also used the old standby of emailing it to my gmail account both for archive and to later download to my Macs.

The keyboard does take getting used to. I’m toying with the idea of using my little bluetooth Apple keyboard - which is heaven to type on! - but that will require fussing with bluetooth and I’m not sure I’m up to that. I do have the dongle, just have to sit down and see what I need to do to get it running.

I tried the Open Office Writer on the Eee and just could not like it. Maybe if I needed something done on the Eee that required formatting, but the lack of either a Draft view or a Full Screen view pretty much kills it, for me.

I, too, was hoping Apple would come out with a slightly larger sized small notebook, but alas…

I wasted a whole afternoon trying to get m Eee to work with my BT dongle and finally gave up. Goal was to get a dial-up GPRS connection with my mobile, which works fine on OS X. Luckily I was able to reach it by using an USB cable.

In general, installing software oder tweaking stuff on the Eee shows me, how much I prefer OS X. “Repositories”? I have a life!

Hi, Typo,

There are some bluetooth install instructions over on eeeuser.com. Both the forums and the wiki have line-by-line help, I just haven’t set aside the time to work through it (yet).

I hear you re: the whole ‘linux’ experience. :stuck_out_tongue: I would stick with my Alphasmart Neo (and I do still use it), but I like having more text on the screen with the EeePc. I truly would love a small notebook computer - not quite as small as the EeePc - with OS X on it. The MBA is a sweet machine, but it’s not what I was hoping for.