Originally Posted by painter4life05
the EEE has a wide range of hard drives.
The biggest thing I am looking for a is a long battery life.
Long battery life is going to be expensive. That's what most business-class users are looking for, so they purposely jack up prices because of it. Don't decide against an EEE or anything else just because it's go Linux on it. There are tons of tutorials, and it's very easy to use.
OpenOffice = Microsoft Office
Firefox = Firefox
Pidgin = AIM
There's almost always a Linux alternative to Windows programs.