Eee PC: Custom Repositories & compatibility list

Once you get used to the Eee you will soon want to use additional software that is not in the official repositories. To add a new repository simply edit your /etc/apt/sources.lst and add a repository, e.g.

deb stable main contrib non-free

Caution: Additional repositories may screw up your system so do this at your own risk. I recommend to disable the repository when not needed once you have installed the desired software.

Xandros recommends not to install any KDE related software from third party repositories because this may lead to an inconsistency in your libraries. Before installing software, always check if the package manager will try to update an previously installed software. For stability reasons, i hardly recommend not doing this.

After adding repositories a simple apt-get update will fetch the new packet list and you can browse the mirror using apt-cache search *packetname*

Some Packages i added safely:

Network: xchat, nmap, aircrack, aircrack-ng, airsnort, kismet, tcpdump, iperf, etherape

Misc Tools: htop

First conclusion on the Asus Eee PC

Well after the Eee finally hit Germany i got my unit yesterday and it seem the device went out of stock pretty fast 🙂

After some hours with the device i would like to post my first experience.


The display quality is very good regarding the resolution. You are able to see the screen from every angle with practically no blind spots with some minor drop in contrast.

The device comes with a VGA port to hook up an external display which will let you give presentation without any problems. Dont let the 800×400 fool you because you can run up to 1024×768 on an external device depending on whether you’re using dual screen or the crop on the device. Anyhow, the quality on a monitor is very outstanding.


Unboxing the device and hooking it up to the net took me just about 5 Minutes. Network setup is pretty easy and the wizard offers a large variety from WLAN, DSL Dial-Up, VPN connections and many more.

The link quality is actually better than my Linksys pci card, my sitecom usb wifi-adapter and the broadcom in my 2 year old Acer Aspire laptop. It probably owns my N800 tablet regarding link quality.


The interface is very user friendly, actually even easier to use than windows. The application categories are divided by tabs and are split up into Internet, Work, Learning, Playing, Settings and Favorites…

Advanced Desktop mode is also available which will take you to a typical KDE desktop but IMO requires a higher resolution unless you like scrolling around a lot. If you are using an external display – you will not notice any difference to a workstation or a laptop.


For a portable device, the volume on the Eee PC is pretty loud and quality is about laptop standard. The built-in camera is only 0,3 MP but is fine for video calls like skype. The built-in microphone is suited for wireless conversations on the device and works fine here. You will probably have a hard time in a busy street but even for extreme situations you can always use the integrated speaker and microphone jack.