Home Messages Index
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index

[News] GNU/Linux Pioneers Sub-notebooks and Moves on to Cheaper, Energy-efficient Form Factors

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Pioneers Sub-notebooks and Moves on to Cheaper, Energy-efficient Form Factors
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 21:54:40 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.9
Hash: SHA1

What was the first netbook?

,----[ Quote ]
| Therefore, the first netbook has to be the so-called $100 laptop: the OLPC 
| (One Laptop per Child). The OLPC, with its 366MHz, AMD Geode GX2-500 CPU, 
| 128MBs of RAM and, this is the important part, 802.11g Wi-Fi networking. It's 
| also noteworthy that today's OLPC runs XO 8.2 a Linux distribution with the 
| Sugar interface.     


What's the point of a Windows 7 ARM port?

,----[ Quote ]
| The difficulty of getting anyone to port their Windows app to ARM on a 
| Windows 7 ARM netbook would probably start life with a basic Windows 7 
| install, very limited driver support for peripherals, and a limited 
| application lineup—probably something like a calculator, Solitaire, possibly 
| Microsoft Office, and the handful of native .NET apps that are floating 
| around out there. As for the rest of the Windows application base being 
| ported, Peter Bright, our resident Windows developer, tells me that fat 
| binaries (a la OS X) aren't feasible with Windows' current executable format. 
| So developers would have to sell separate ARM and x86 versions of Windows 
| apps like they did for NT in the Alpha days.         
| [...]
| In sum, an ARM-based Windows 7 netbook just wouldn't run very many Windows 
| applications, and if you can't run Windows apps on your netbook, then why not 
| use Linux?  
| [...]
| If Microsoft really wanted to shake things up and take on Linux, the company 
| would develop one single kernel and platform to run across desktops, servers, 
| phones, and the Xbox. But even then, Linux would still retain one important 
| advantage beyond its one-kernel-fits-all approach: Linux can never come under 
| antitrust scrutiny for being too successful.     



Microsoft Admits Windows 7 Is Not really Suitable for Netbooks

,----[ Quote ]
| By extending the availability of Windows XP until October 2010, it admits
| that Windows 7 on a netbook doesn’t really cut the mustard, and at the same
| time that the company has nothing to replace XP for that platform yet. It
| means that the lowliest version of Windows 7 is not a winner, and still gets
| beaten by Windows XP. ( Of course, they also want to take a huge swipe at
| Linux, all flavors – the availability of XP at bargain basement prices is
| going to make many think twice about ordering a netbook with any Linux
| distribution on it).


Windows 7 leaves netbook market open for Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft's newest operating system Windows 7 will leave much of the
| burgeoning netbook market open for Linux because of its relatively large
| footprint. This was confirmed to iTWire by a local Microsoft executive today,
| although she did not spell it out in those words.

Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux)


[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index