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Asus' Z9000 Notebook Offers Road Warrior Pretenses

Linux Compatibility

We used the newly released Suse 9.1 Personal Edition in ISO format, which can be downloaded from LinuxIso.com . Yes you heard that right; SuSe finally released a free installable ISO. Since the Asus Z9000 does not have any special partitions containing recovery tools or OS images, it was easy to install Linux. We defragged the C: drive and then used Partition Magic 7.0 to resize the sole 80 GB. Another partition of 10 GB was made for Linux.

The Suse CD started with no problems. Suse detected the Pentium-M at 1.7 GHz and the 896 MB of RAM. Installation took about 20 minutes.

The initial desktop screen comes up with no problems. When we heard the new SuSe chimes, we knew the sound card had been detected. Hot-swap USB detection was fantastic, as we connected a USB mouse to each one of the four ports. Mouse detection was instant.

Firing up the Internet browser, we went to our favorite website www.groklaw.net. Since the site came up, we can assume that the Ethernet works and the laptop received a DHCP IP address. Everything was not all good, however, as the Wi-Fi module was not detected by Suse.

Conclusion

With a three-hour battery life and decent processor performance; the Asus Z9000 is a good choice for the business road warrior. The ATi 9100 IGP graphics solution is not the ideal solution for playing modern shoot-em up games but is okay for less graphically intensive game play. The well placed USB and FireWire ports provide enough connectivity for most people. The Z9000 also has good Linux hardware compatibility - the only thing not detected by Suse 9.1 was the Wi-Fi module. The Z9000 is an all-around good performer for the business user.