By default, Linux Mint uses the GNOME desktop environment which is alittle slow on the 701 eee laptop. There are various community editions of Linux Mint. One of them uses the XFCE desktop environment.
As of 8/12/10, the latest official release is version 8. But the release candidate of version 9 is also out and available at
http://www.linuxmint.com → Mint XFCE RC (as of 8/12/10; will be Mint 9 XFCE)
If you prefer version 8, go to
Burn this iso on a disc. If you need to use an USB stick (because you have no external burner), use unetbootin at
Follow their instructions and ask them if you need help (and you are on your own).
If needed, change the boot order so that your liveCD, liveDVD, or liveUSB will boot before the hard drive. This is done by entering the BIOS, i.e., from a cold start, click F2 when you see the ASUS screen. Use the arrow keys to navigate.
After you live boot, make sure everything works before installing. Tip: If you need to move a window but cannot grag the top, click the cursor on the screen, then press ALT + move cursor
Double-click the Install Linux Mint icon
Choose your language → Forward
Toggle the time zone → Forward
Choose the keyboard → Forward
Choose your disk partition(s). Easiest is to use entire disk space. The 701 eee do not have much space, but later models have more. Your choice if you want dual boot (and you are on your own). Then → Forward
Enter your name, username, and password twice. Change the name of your computer if you want. Then → Forward
You decide whether you want internet or not. Other stuffs will be installed (e.g., language packs), but are not essential. Your choice. Make sure everything is correct. Then → Forward
Wait awhile (grab a drink or whatever). When install is finished, choose Restart Now.
Take the liveCD, liveDVD, or liveUSB out when prompted (do not preempt - better for the computer), then press “enter”. In a little while you can log in. Enjoy!
p.s. The directions are similar for other editions of Linux Mint (and you are on your own).
http://www.linuxmint.com/ (Linux Mint home page)
http://linuxmint.com/forum/ (Linux Mint forum)
http://www.xfce.org/ (XFCE home page)
http://www.xfce.org/documentation/ (XFCE documentation)
http://wiki.xfce.org/ (XFCE wiki)
http://forum.xfce.org/ (XFCE forum)
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ (eee wiki)
http://forum.eeeuser.com/ (eee forum)