Asus has modified parts of ACPI and not released the source code. This could just be an oversight but it still violates the GPL.
For end users this means installing another version of Linux on the EEE will give you lower battery life. If/when Asus releases the source you (or your favorite distribution) would be able to compile the Asus ACPI code and get the same battery life as you did with the default OS that ships on the EEE.
ACPI has been a major problem on Linux for sometime. Microsoft has made ACPI more difficult than it needs to be in order to slow the adoption of Linux.
Let’s hope Asus releases the code ASAP and we can write a HOWTO on installing in under different distros.Posted in Linux Hardware | 1 comment