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Re: [News] ARM-based Sub-notebooks with GNU/Linux Look Strong

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____/ Megabyte on Sunday 22 Nov 2009 16:39 : \____

> On 09-11-21 7:46 PM, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> Inventec Smartbook almost makes me think Smartbooks have a shot
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Thereâs no question that PC makers and
>> | wireless carriers are getting ready to
>> | unveil a whole slew of low power smartbooks
>> | with ARM processors and Linux...
>> `----
>> http://www.liliputing.com/2009/11/inventec-smartbook-almost-makes-me-think-smartbooks-have-a-shot.html
>> Qualcomm sees big bucks in China's smartbook market
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | It's almost as if Qualcomm's CEO Paul
>> | Jacobs took a deep breath and looked the
>> | vast expanse that is Mainland China and
>> | said to himself; 'There be money in them
>> | there hills...'. As well there should be.
>> | Qualcomm is arguably the world's biggest
>> | producer of ARM-based silicon, the very
>> | silicon that powers virtually every cell
>> | phone ever made. Today's statement however
>> | took some commentators by surprise as it
>> | was made not in the context of phones, but
>> | of smartbooks, miniature computers that are
>> | set to replace Netbooks as the next-big-
>> | thing in 2010.
>> |
>> | [...]
>> |
>> | Will Android or Google Chrome OS have a
>> | part to play? Of course. Will Apple be
>> | watching with interest? You bet. 'Tis an
>> | interesting view from here, has to be said.
>> `----
>> http://shanzai.com/index.php/market-mayhem/news/442-qualcomm-sees-big-bucks-in-chinas-smartbook-market
> The more I read about smartbooks the more they seem like the convergence
> of Smartphones with Netbooks.  An interesting concept but the ubiquitous
> access to WiFi or 3G service at affordable prices needs to come first.
> Where I'm located WiFi is available in some coffee shops, hotels and a
> handful of restaurants.  3G service is cost prohibitive in many
> respects, I always feel I have to do the minimum amount online when I am
> using it to keep the cost down. Battery life use to be a major inhibitor
> to mobile computing but that has been addressed on many of the latest
> Netbooks and some laptops. Now the hurdle seems to be affordable
> wireless connectivity.  I pay around $40-$50 per month for ADSL\Cable
> access at 15 MB access with limits of upwards of 130 GB per month.
> Contrast that with 3G cellular data which costs $100 per month for lower
> speed but acceptable access speeds and a 5 GB data cap.  3G needs to
> become more affordable but will it because as it becomes more affordable
> the demand for it will be greater and can wireless providers support the
> increased infrastructure costs with lower fees?

At some stage (around 2006) Microsoft was thinking as seriously as Google
about doing wifi services. Later came the spectrum wars. There's a lot of 
wiggling room with subsidies and lock-in, which is what they all have
in mind, IMHO.

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