It's February 15th, and you know what that means: The Everex Cloudbook should be available today. Well, last time we checked there's a page up on Newegg, but no way to place an order. ZaReason is still sold out. And I haven't wandered into a Wal-Mart, so I can't tell you if they're in stores yet. If you happen to see one, let us know in the comments!

But that doesn't mean the Everex Eee PC "killer" is nowhere to be seen today. ZaReason did post a photo of a developer unit that they received. And the folks at Laptop Magazine got a shiny new review unit, which they proceeded to unbox, photograph, and fiddle with.

The first thing they noticed when they got it up and running is that The Cloudbook is running the GNOME desktop environment, not Englightment as had originally been planned. This isn't a huge surprised, as we'd heard a rumor to this effect a few days ago. But there's one bigproblem: The setup screen for Ubuntu has a series of windows that don't really fit on an 800x 480 pixel screen. And that means that as soon as new users turn their Cloudbooks on, they're presented with a setup screen that they can't really fill out, because the OK/Next boxes are all below the bottom of the screen.

There are two ways around this problem. You can plug in an external monitor, or you can use Alt+click to drag the window around the screen. You still won't be able to see the whole window at once, but you can press all the buttons you need by Holding down the Alt buttonw hile you click and drag the window around the screen.

It's a bit ridiculous that Everex wouldn't have tweaked the open source operating system to make the windows fit to the screen before shipping. The Laptop Magazine reviewers were baffled until I sent them a note suggesting they used Alt+click and drag. I imagine most people who walk into a Wal-Mart to pick up a Cloudbook aren't going to figure this out for themselves.


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