I've been spending more and more time on #Debian
in a virtual machine on my iMac, for no other reason than I enjoy tinkering with stuff and playing around in different desktop environments. (If you care: I've always been a #KDE
guy, but I'm running #Gnome
right now, and it's pretty neat.)
So I usually travel with my MacBook Pro, and it's a great machine. If I wanted to, I could do the virtual machine thing there, too (I'm not going to wipe OS X off any of these devices, because I like OS X) ... but I've been looking for a lightweight (as in actual weight and software weight) alternative for quick weekend travels or runs to the coffee shop or the library or some other place to write and respond to emails. I've been trying to fall in love with the ASUS #Chromebook
Flip, and when I'm connected to the Internet it's good for simple things like reading Reddit, watching Netflix or Plex or Hulu, and writing in Google Docs. But when I'm not connected to the Internet, it's pretty useless. Also, I expected ChromeOS to have more Android-like apps, so the Flip could almost be an iPad replacement, but it looks like ChromeOS development isn't quite there, yet.
So I unlocked my Flip, installed crouton, and got a Linux environment running on it. It's neat, and it's fun, but it's still so thin that it isn't much more useful to me as a MBP replacement than it was in its ChromeOS state.
And that's where all of this is leading: I was looking at the #ASUSX205TA
as a potential Debian laptop/notebook. I looked on Debian's wiki and I see that getting it to work the way we expect (turn it on and go to whatever you want to do) takes a little bit of work, but it doesn't seem impossible, and for under $200, it feels like something I can invest in as a hobby project, a challenge to myself to get back to the BIOS and kernel-level hacking I did in the 90s.
My question, which is probably only answerable by someone who is still reading this, is: have you tried something like this? Have you put Debian on a laptop or netbook? If you have, what model did you use? Before I pull the trigger on the 205TA, I thought I'd ask.