New here, with questions

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Wed Sep 2 12:02:41 UTC 2009

Good day,
You will be able to use Linux with speech on the EEE_PC, but not with the 
default Linux with which it comes.
It is possible to install Ubuntu or many of the other Linuxes on the 
netbook either by using an external usb cdrom or a usb stick with an 
installabloe Linux on it.
My eee pc 701 came with Zandrows.  I am now running Ubuntu on it.  The 
netbook is not as powerful as a modern computer, so unless you can upgrade 
the ram to 2 gb or so, you would only be able to run text-based 
applications effectively on it.
If you upgrade the ram to 2 gb, you can actually run both 
text-based/console-based programs using  a screenreader like speakup, and 
some graphical applications using the Orca screenreader under Gnome.
The eee pc does not really have a hard disk, but rather a flash disk of 4 
gb.  it is suppose to use less power and be better for a moving device 
than a hard drive.
The eee pc also has a card slot where you can put in an sd card for extra 
storage.  I have one eee pc here where I installed ubuntu on a combination 
of the built-in flash disk, in this case 2 gb, and a sd card of 4 gb.
You can hook up an external usb hard disk to the eee for lots of extra 
HTH, Willem

On Wed, 2 Sep 2009, T wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> My name is Terri. I just joined this list in hopes of learning more about
> Linux, and rather or not it is accessible for the blind.
> Honestly, I don't know too much about it, nor do I fully understand what I do
> know. I've been doing a lot of reading though.
> I do remember the days of Dos sort of. I am currently using a computer running
> XP Pro, and the screen reader Jaws.
> While I really like my screen reader, I am so very sick of windows! :)
> Honestly, I used to never get viruses. I felt so very lucky compared to my
> friends. But in the last 6 months or so, I've gotten them repeatedly. Even
> with so-called good protection. This last time really messed up my system, and
> it still isn't running as well as it could be.
> I was very interested in getting a Mac for quite some time. But I feel that
> this is something I just can't aford to do. I'm certainly not made of money. 
> :)
> Yesterday I was viewing my local Craig's List ads, and I saw an Asus Eee PC
> 900 for sale. It's in my price range, and I would love to get it if it's still
> available. I'm not sure what Linux distributor is on there. I hope I have said
> this correctly? :)
> Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this Netbook? If so,
> would you be willing to share your experiences with me?
> If it's more appropriate to contact me off-list about this, then please feel
> free to do so.
> The only thing that I have concerns about so far, with this Netbook, is that
> the hard drive is only 4 gigs. I didn't know they even made hard drives that
> small anymore. I feel silly for saying this, but it's true.
> If I do end up purchasing this Netbook, what will I need to do in order to get
> started with it?
> I'm so new at this I'm not even sure really what questions I should be asking.
> So any advice will be very much appreciated.
> Well I will close for now, as I don't want to make this first message too
> long. I look forward to being a member of this list, and learning as much as I
> can.
> Thank you,
> Terri 
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