*nix Thread, Shortcomings of ASUS eee PC and why XP is better in Technical; Please use this thread to tell us all how the ASUS eee PC is rubbish.
And how bad the OS ...
24th January 2008, 06:20 PM #1
Shortcomings of ASUS eee PC and why XP is better
Please use this thread to tell us all how the ASUS eee PC is rubbish.
And how bad the OS is.
And how it runs XP fine despite the low-power processor and small hard drive space.
PS see other thread is you don't why I've posted this!
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24th January 2008, 07:18 PM #2
It's single user. It lacks security.
24th January 2008, 07:32 PM #3
could you explain why the single use aspect is such a problem. my understanding was that the eee IS a personal machine not designed to be a 'pool' laptop used by many different people.
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
I don't have a problem with the OS security issues or not....the three biggest problems with the eee is the battery life, screen size and biggest wart of all that damn trackpad/click....i've lost count of the number of times i've complained about it. i think people are being a little bit premature as they dream of using windows on the 8g version or dream up other ways of conquering the world with the eee......asus need to sort out the ergonomics pronto. give us a trackstick for finer controll of navigation and as a result we could get sightly bigger keys.
24th January 2008, 07:42 PM #4
There is no password for the 'root' account. This is what I meant by single user. My issue for the security is in a school environment, when the students could send each other scripts to kill their classmates computers. There is also no password on the bootloader, this allows users to get a simple root shell.
In contrast, I don't really have an issue with the build of the thing -I see it as a 'more useful' PDA rather than a 'less useful laptop'
24th January 2008, 08:46 PM #5
How much of a problem is this, really, in the school world, though?
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
How many people in the average school (apart from the techies) actually have any notion of what 'root' is, let alone know how to make use of it, maliciously or otherwise?
The fact remains that Linux is still very niche in the real world (whatever Linux fanboys, sorry, experts might like to think), and I find it hard to believe that it is a real problem. Yeah, sure, theoretically it's a terrible risk, but surely we're concerned with reality here.
24th January 2008, 09:13 PM #6
Just my t'penny worth...
You go open a file from a windows server (Having navigated through many double-clicks) and its says - I'll have to make a copy of that file because I don't speak SMB properly (to paraphrase)
That's not a good start
24th January 2008, 09:23 PM #7
Well if I ever get mine back off my daughter and stick Ubuntu on it I'll be able to let you know how I get on. Mine arrived in the new year and she promptly ran off with it. She's using it like a rather large PDA but as she's taken it to school some of her friends and her teachers want one now....
24th January 2008, 09:23 PM #8
I don't think you are giving the kids enough credit. kids can be geetks too.
Once word gets around every kid in the school with any interest will know of an exploit. Generally I know who the chief 'hackers' are. We've one kid who had written his own "linux from scratch" distro by the time he was yr10 - with virtually no input from the techs - he had it network PXE booting for a yr11 project. We currently have some yr 7 and 8's that i'm pretty confident would find the su problem - they already know how scripts work (ok, that was my fault) -but these kids were already running linux at home before any contact with techs.
IMO, the reality is that the geeky kids will always migrate to *nix because they read the forums, they read the tech news, linux is free and is the ultimate hacker tool - kids know this.
24th January 2008, 09:48 PM #9
Wow, sounds like you have some seriously talented kids at your school!
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
I suppose I should have declared that I'm from the Primary camp - I've always held the thought that the Eee would be mostly of use in Primary, I suppose I thought the needs of Secondary would be too high. But I do see your point - never really imagined things like that going on in schools at all. What a sheltered life we lead in Primary!
24th January 2008, 11:01 PM #10
You are Jeremy Clarkson and I claim my £10! Seriously though, the kids here would run rings round that level of "security".
Originally Posted by crc-ict
25th January 2008, 12:30 AM #11
We've got one serious hacker - bless him; he never does anything to the school network, but I did catch him the other day attempting to inject sql strings into a pretty major website to see if he could do it some harm....
25th January 2008, 12:36 AM #12
I'll just add my opinion here, cosidering I'm possibly the only person her who has played with the XP version for real.
The XP varient will ship with XP Home only, again reinfoircing the single user ideal behind the machine. Whilst it did run XP OK (ish) playback of video was jerky (unlike the Linux OS) and the 8GB SSD will fill up alarmingly quickly once patches and software are added to bring it up to the spec of the origional Linux varient there will be little free space.
XP on there looks nice but it really is a no go IHMO.
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25th January 2008, 12:41 AM #13
And just to annoy you I shall take notes on the Linux version at the Lancashire techies meeting
25th January 2008, 08:36 AM #14
I can completely agree with that dos_box even though i've not tried the xp variant........
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
what bugs me is there appears to be no intention on asus's part to offer a linux version of the 8 gig model.
6th February 2008, 12:49 PM #15
People dont give the children enough credit.
Even if they dont know what root is, if its open they WILL find it. They will read on forums and they will find out how to do the basic tasks (MSN, GAMES). They can install what they want... its terribly setup for school use. Despite removing skype, others have got it back again from passing binarys around on USB sticks and we've had to write some specific programmes to prevent this.
The system requires 'root' just to boot, so you have to tread carefully as to what you block or modify. Ours are locked down to a considerable level, but still no where near what I would like.
Some have been playing with consoles, lucky its poor brute force methods, but others have started working out how to run other programmes.
There were ways to circum navigate our websense server via the web browser (fixed now but open by default from KCN, your maybe too). They can also install firefox extensions.
Skype traffic is very hard to ban...
Bios and grub need modifying.
The RM 'solution' for connecting to network shares is pratically useless.
The list goes on... but in short its only fit for primary use out of the box. The root access was a crime, so much so we're thinking of creating our own linux OS distro for next year, its just too insecure and dangerous for school networks.
We've had ours since late October and i've installed XP (useless with 4g), XP-lite several times (useable), linux mint and ubuntu. I dont think XP is better, you can hardly add anything to it before its full.... XP-lite is good, but then you are looking at a simelar level of configuration to a linux config, of which IMHO linux is better.
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