Having some free time today, I decided to take the Classmate PC for a spin. The sample doesn’t have the provision for an optical drive. So the only way to install an operating system would be over a network using the PXE -> tftpboot approach. This would require taking the rather destructive step of removing the Windows XP Professional SP2 as shipped pre-loaded on the 2GB uDOC (formerly known as uDiskOnChip).
Rather than take the route without clearing this with the Intel people, I decided to take the middle way and boot it to LTSP. The booting was nice and fast. No tweaks from my end. There was one glitch though, the video card couldn’t be detected by the autoprobe, so it fail-overed into VESA. Although I suspect this may not be the case with an up-to-date distro. One trick that I had to resort to was to set the taskbar/panel in auto-hide mode. Otherwise, some of the dialog boxes are kind of unusable.
I took a few pictures. More on the UMPC coming shortly. Stay tuned!