Vista on the Eee PC 901: Intel’s Atom is the little engine that could

Did we jump the gun on Intel’s Atom by thinking that Vista would be way too much for the chip to handle? The jury is still out on that, but it appears that the votes are swinging the other way. Enter Exhibit A: jkk has Vista running on his Asus Eee PC 901 model, with a single gigabyte of RAM and the 1.6 GHz Atom. Exhibit B is the eleven-minute video demonstration that shows Vista isn’t a slug with this device. Granted, there are no third-party apps loaded up to bog down the drive and jkk is actually using a traditional, magnetic drive. Nope, he’s not testing this on the SSD of the 901, he’s got a 30 GB drive inside for two reasons. First, Vista won’t easily fit on the 4 GB SSD drive and the second, the SSD unit isn’t quite fast enough to run an OS efficiently.

This definitely has me shifting my views and hopes for Vista running on an Atom-based device. It looks like Intel has done quite a bit of optimization and work on the Atom from when we first saw examples of Vista on it. Very nice!