When Asus first announced it was developing the Eee PC, the company said there would be two ways to use the device. First was an innovative new “easy mode” that would replace the typical start menu with six easy to use tabs labeled internet, work, learn, play, settings, and favorites. And for more advanced users, there would be a full KDE-based desktop.
But now that the Eee PC is shipping, it looks like Asus has disabled the full desktop mode. Sort of. It turns out that you can toggle back and forth between easy and full desktop modes, but you need to install a few packages first. This isn’t very advanced hacking. You don’t need to add any repositories, for example.