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[News] Sub-notebooks with GNU/Linux Ge Respect in the Press

  • Subject: [News] Sub-notebooks with GNU/Linux Ge Respect in the Press
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 23:35:32 +0000
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Device Wars, Pt. 3: Netbooks, Tablets Fight For Space

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| The second smartbook to be announced was the 
| HP AirLife, which weighs in at 2.2 pounds 
| and is based on the Linux operating system. 
| The first generation of this product is 
| planned for Europe only, but it should make 
| its way into the United States at some 
| point.
| Like the netbooks for solid-state memory, 
| smartbooks are more dependent on a broadband 
| connection and cloud-based applications and 
| data services. The present generation of 
| smartbooks does not appear to be corporate-
| ready, but this too will change with time.
| When To Choose A Netbook
| Since both the solid-state memory netbooks 
| and solid-state memory smartbooks are mostly 
| Linux-based systems, at least initially, 
| they cannot be easily blended into a 
| corporate environment based on the Microsoft 
| OS and applications. 


Bigger is not always better, especially when running a notebook

,----[ Quote ]
| So, no surprises, but for a product that I 
| might be able to use on my Netbook, not very 
| likely. The problem is a lack of modularity 
| and this is missing from many products 
| today. As people start spreading out over 
| the computer power spectrum, it would be 
| nice to have a small VS core to which could 
| be added libraries and functionality that 
| could conceivable run on a Netbook.
| Linux is an example of this approach, a main 
| core that is controlled by a small groups 
| and a plethora of bits and pieces that can 
| be added on as desired. Since the core is 
| small, it can run anywhere. With products 
| like our example VS, you will need a fairly 
| powerful minimum spec to run it properly and 
| this is typically about double what MS puts 
| done as their minimum requirements 
| especially in the memory areas.



The New UI for ARM Based Ubuntu Devices

,----[ Quote ]
| ARM based platforms traditionally have a problem
| with graphics drivers and free software.
| Encumbered by licensing issues, many platforms
| only ship with 2D based drivers whilst the 3D
| driver-enabled offerings only frequent the
| poshest of circles such as Nokia's N900. There
| are exceptions, but its a painful reality at the
| moment.
| Vendors are trying to work around it, especially
| as there is the expectation of a ramp-up in the
| availability of ARM based hardware. Super long-
| life netbooks, low powered touch based computers,
| and even a flurry of smaller embedded devices are
| forecast to hit the market this year, many of
| which will be based on the Linux operating
| system. Ubuntu would be a great match for this.

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