A friend showed his fine Eee PC 701 with the native Linux distro (Xandros.
I wanted to play some more with it but only a French VMware image was available SO.....
VMWare EEE PC 701 Image
With Full Desktop mode and larger screen resolution (1024X758 and more)
This version of the EEE PC distro has been adapted from the french vmware version to be found here: http://linuxtracker.org/index.php?page=torrent-details&id=eeb3cef59b453ac8bdea6c269338f4946756a274
Site for more info over that version (french language):
What I changed was:
* change to English language and American International keyboard.
If you want to change it to another language:
* I modded the distro to FULL DESKTOP (see screenshots).
This means more control and easier ways to install packages etc.
How to do this: http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:getkde
There you can also find ways to change the way of booting in Easy Mode/Full Desktop.
* I changed screen resolution from 800x480 to 1024x768 and more possiblities..
What is great about this vmware image is that Windows partitions on the host pc are very easily accessible. The Xandros file manager is like a copy of the Windows Explorer file manager.
A real downside is that the cdrom is not usable, the EEE Pc not having one. The kernel of this disrto had to be changed to make this possible. And I am not capable to recompile this. So this is on te To Do list.
For the rest is this a very comfortable distro. All kind of formats are directly recognized.
You will boot in the Easy Mode. To change to FULL DESKTOP close (red button) and choose Full Desktop. To switch back to easy mode, click the Launch button and click Easy Mode (second last entry). Have fun. And don’t all buy the EE PC. It will stay too highly priced.