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[News] Sony Vaio E Series Comes with GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Sony Vaio E Series Comes with GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 09:29:21 +0000
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Sony Vaio E series: PC with a panic button Sony Vaio E series: PC with a panic button

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| Shut the Vaio E down, and the Web button fires 
| up a browser without booting into Windows 
| proper. Sony says this minimalist browser, 
| which runs on top of Linux, wonât let you save 
| data, but will eke out the Vaio E seriesâ 
| battery up to three times longer than using 
| Windows to hop online.



PHOTOS: Sony Vaio CW

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| The Vaio button under the screen will launch
| the Splashtop Linux OS, allowing you almost
| instant access to the Internet and saving
| you from having to start-up Windows 7
| proper.


Vaio P Is Classic Sony: Excellent but Pricey

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| The keyboard is also small, another common netbook characteristic. On the
| other hand, Sony manages to stamp a mark of innovation on the product as it
| weighs half as much as a typical netbook and packs in features like fast
| wireless, a pre-boot Linux environment and a screen capable of displaying a
| 1,600x768 resolution, while most netbooks only have a 1,024x600 resolution
| capacity.


Sony Vaio P Review

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| Sony also includes a Linux-based instant-on interface that uses the PS3-like
| Xross Media Bar UI but its implementation is a mixed bag. The raw
| functionality and design of the software is decent, allowing you to access
| music, photos, movies, messaging software and a custom version of Firefox.
| But some of the visual design and nuanced functionality are lacking to the
| point where you'd rather just launch Vista.


The Race to Instant-On Computers Begins

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| But rather than the oft-discussed head-to-head battle between Linux and
| Windows, weâre seeing Linux latch onto Windows almost like a parasite in a
| symbiotic relationship with its host.
| All of the shipping or soon-to-ship instant-on systems use a thinned-down
| version of Linux as a base for presenting the quick Internet applications.
| This makes sense because computer makers can customize Linux to boot fast and
| use the software for free, meaning they donât add much extra cost to each
| computer.


Faster booting with Linux

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| The intriguing part of all this is that we might finally get the instant-on
| capability for some pretty standard apps. The bizarre part is that the way to
| speed up your slow OS load it you actually load two different OSes. Sort of
| like running a five-kilometer race before you run your marathon. Meanwhile,
| Microsoft is now stating that similar technology could be part of Windows 7,
| presumably in 2010 and without using any of that open source voodoo.


DeviceVM's proprietary/Linux split explained

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| Covering Asus' adoption of DeviceVM's Splashtop software in all its
| motherboards and some laptops, we were wondering exactly which parts were
| proprietary and which were Linux - hence pulling back from calling it
| a "Linux OS".



Linux is Part of Asusâs Long Term Plan

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| Asus announced three new Linux products.
| I would even go so far to say that if Asus keeps up its support of Linux, it
| may be the company that is credited with bringing Linux on the desktop to the
| masses.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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