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Hardware Thread, RM Asus miniBook review in Technical; It sounds good but by nature I'm cynical (not, old, just cynical :P) and thinking of some awkward questions. Has ...
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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    It sounds good but by nature I'm cynical (not, old, just cynical :P) and thinking of some awkward questions.

    Has anyone looked at this from the admin' point of view, ie: installing updates, providing net access, shared folder (home) access on a domain, etc...

    What sort of tie in's are there, ie: is domain support going to be through the RM networking products or could we expect more generic support (if any).

    Granted we're not going to be deploying MSI's and the like (t'is linux after all) but I'm curious as to where it might fit in, within a normal school IT setup.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    As was said by Rm this is pitched similar kind of way that PDA's are. If you have problem with pda aka major problem you reset the machine back to default.

    Remember it is not a laptop. As for updates has a handy auto update etc. Also you would not been adding this to domain anyway as login domain pc. Idea behind this product is a anytime quick and easy access device.

    But on that note they are looking to put it on cc4 network is my understanding and just be like any other linux machine logging into windows network.

    So you want device that appears on wireless/network that can access things like thin client/vle etc. Then a quick device that turn on and sit say off network and do some 'office' type work aka word processing, spreadsheets etc etc

    Network Access is via dhcp etc so no major issues there.

    Application deployment would be same as any other linux based system and sure can do central install on linux like gpo's etc so wouldn't of thought be tough to setup.

    Russell

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    ok smarty pants

    Russell

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Also worth reading this from PC Pro:

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/132179/u...d-with-xp.html

    Will ship with XP as well as Linux by the end of the year

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Will ship with XP as well as Linux by the end of the year
    I assume with a free TSdevice CAL ???

    Theres a detailed discussion about MS strategy for lightweight (OLPC) here:
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.../10/26/1344213

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    Congratulations DB

    @ Cybernerd: That's real shame. But the cost is surely going to mean that'll be a joke.

    Nice Wikipedia page

    I also hear it's going to be $199 in the US

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    I have purchased one these a few weeks back with RM conducting a trial in school with some of our students. We have 100 PDA's at the moment given to pupils in school for 24/7 learining as part of the Learning2gGo project.

    The PDAs/EDAs are good but have limitiations in terms of software, so we are always looking into new technologies. The ASUS is XP compatible so once we have one, we have a program that strips down XP, which we will then load to the MINIbook. If works, we buy an XP Home licence, incorporate it to the schools licensing agreement and install Office!!!

    JOB DONE

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    According to XE, $199 USD = £96.97 GBP.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    According to XE, $199 USD = £96.97 GBP.
    Wouldn't be at all suprising... We pay more for things here than in the USA.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Yep, always the same, rip-off Britain

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Looks good - what was the keyboard like? Reason I ask is we have a problem with kids stripping the keys off laptop keyboards. Although that's probably more to do with the teacher.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    They keyboard was very usable, even to the sausage fingered amongst us. It can however, like most laptops be vandalised easily.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    My God that's a nice picture :P

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    They took it straight off the Word doc.

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