First a very important correction:
I previously said that the Atom processor in the Wind supported 64-bit instruction. It does not. It only supports Pentium 4 (32-bit) instructions. I was confused by some early material I read on the Atom processors. Only *some* Atom processors support 64-bit and the N270 which is in most of the current "Netbook" computers is not one of them. On the other hand, the N270 uses less power and is even cheaper to make than the 64-bit versions, which can be an advantage in the Netbook market.
Some Current Linux Information:
[Note: If I post another summary about Linux versions in the future I will probably open a new Topic, since this topic was specifically about the Wind.]
Debian "etch" re-released on Oct 23. The original release of "etch" was a long time ago (2007?) now, and came with the 2.6.18 Kernel. It was re-released July 26, and updated to the 2.6.24 kernel. The latest re-release, seems to be a consolidation of bug fixes. Regarding the MSI Wind, because of the Kernel, one suspects that there might not be full support for the Wind hardware, but ASUS is using Xandros for the EeePC (pretty much the same hardware as the Wind), which is based on Debian, so it is possible that the hardware support has been added.
The preview release was Nov. 4, and the final release is expected Nov. 25. I have heard some positive comments about this release, but then again, with only a couple of weeks of use, those comments are based on fairly early impressions. I did eventually try Fedora 9, (32-bit) on one of my computers (not an MSI Wind), and got it to work at first, then when I updated it, it self destructed (became unbootable). This is probably just a single bug, most likely in a Kernel update package, but it was quite discouraging, so I never tried it again. But Fedora 9 had a particularly bad reputation. Comments suggest that more care is being taken with Fedora 10 to re-build their reputation.
OpenSuSE has had a bad time with this version because their development server (yes, the actual server they use in-house to develop OpenSuSE) was hit by a bad power outage which wasted days of work. Beta release 3 and 4 were delayed, and now they had added an unscheduled "Beta 5". I have not seen a revised schedule, but I expect they are putting off the final release, probably till January 2008. I have seen Beta 5 (32-bit) and it looks quite ambitious. My experience with 10.3 in 64-bit has so-so. It has not had really serious crashing issues, but there have been minor bugs that have not been cleaned up. In particular, the Synaptics touchpad adjusting software does not work, and that is, what? 90% of all the laptops sold for the last couple of years? 11.0 was as bad or worse than 10.3 in that respect. So they have a lot of work to do to re-build their reputation as well (see my comment re Fedora 9 above). It does appear that they are taking the time needed to get this one done right. I do feel that the Desktop for OpenSuSE is better for laptops than Fedora and Ubuntu, because it does not use a "top panel and bottom panel" arrangement (the upper and lower bars on the screen). It only uses the bottom panel. They have created a "slab menu" which comes up like the Windows "start" menu, but is different. This means that more of the screen is actually usable by applications, which is very important on these "Widescreen" (translate that as "Shortscreen") displays.