An overview of packages that fit the properties of the Eee PC. Packages should be lightweight, due to the limited capabilities of the Eee PC’s hardware; and also should be easily navigable without a mouse, due to the restrictions imposed on some by the trackpad.
xpdf: Lightweight and has a nice fullscreen mode with zoom.
epdfview: Lightweight pdf viewer based on popular libs
abiword: A perfect fit for the Eee PC, it’s lightweight and lets you edit and save some standard formats (.doc, .rtf, .pdf,...) no .odt though unless you install the plugins (~10MB).
scite: Lightweight GTK-based Programming Editor, tabbed and featureful.
iceweasel: Debian’s version of Firefox, the same in all but branding due to licensing issues. Very configurable for the small screen. There are various plug-ins and other incarnations of Firefox, but they are non-free, such as Swiftfox, LittleFox, etc.
netsurf: Small, but modern webbrowser in development. No tabs yet though.
links2: Lightweight Webbrowser with text-mode, SVGA and X support. No CSS support.
Opera: Non-free, efficient webbrowser with full-screen mode, needs less disk space than Iceweasel/Firefox, etc. but is faster and more featureful (if you don’t count addons).
iceweasel-vimperator: Iceweasel plugin that gives Iceweasel vim-like keybindings and removes most GUI functions.
lynx: Lightweight text-based web browser.
Chrome: Non-free, by Google is just about ready. You'll need to download and install the .deb manually.
ayttm: Lightweight multi-use client.
irssi: Light text only IRC client. Very extensible and scriptable.
amsn: A nice MSN messenger client that works with webcam.
linphone: VoIP video-phone. Like skype, but open-source. Free calls to other users, or create an account and pay for calls to house and mobile phones worldwide.
mutt: Powerful, customizable e-mail client. Feature-rich, lightweight, and runs in a CLI. Quite lightweight.
rsstail: Very minimalist RSS aggregator. Acts pretty much like tail for RSS feeds.
nrss: Ncurses RSS feed aggregator. Single pane design, fast, and lightweight.
newsbeuter: Another CLI rss aggregator. Similar keybindings to mutt. Easy to navigate through quickly only using a keyboard.
canto: Flexible ncurses Atom/RSS newsreader for the console with great usability.
foxtrotgps: lightweight and fast map and gps application, keyboard shortcuts, made for small screens, offline map use of openstreetmap, openaerialmap, maps-for-free.
gpe-screenshot: Lightweight and simple screenshot application.