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Hardware Thread, RM Asus miniBook review in Technical; Originally Posted by Dos_Box They took it straight off the Word doc. Explains the poor quality then!...
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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    They took it straight off the Word doc.
    Explains the poor quality then!

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Apparently (according to Paul Trotter at IDG) our review was the most read on their site (or was that the 4th most read) since it went up. Also, try Googling 'RM Asus miniBook review'. we come quite high there too.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    How would this or any other linux powered wireless laptop work with a 802.1x WPA secured wireless network that uses a certificate to identify the radius server?

    Ben

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    I'm not quite sure what you're asking. Do you want to know if it would support that form of wireless network? If so, yes - linux supports WPA2 and its various bits and pieces. Specifics to the laptop would need to be checked with the manufacturer really.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    The 2 security options that I saw when setting it up on our wireless network were WEP and WPA. We used a 26 character key for WEP and it eventually got in (when I stopped making tyops).

    When Russ gets his we can always ask him to tour round schools with it.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Our WPA system uses Certificates and it needs to be a machine that logs onto the domain I.E. user has to logon to network domain they can't even log in to the local computer account will the Asus be abel to work with this?


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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Would of thought so as you can set linux to login into windows domain. As nothing majorly speacial about linux install just flasshy tab interafce but can still access all backend stuff no major issue.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    oohh got an email:- Your RM order has been despatched

    Asus is on its way to the school

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    At the moment the design is very much a OLPC/ultraportable hybrid. Particularly the bordered screen is very OLPC.

    I'm hoping that ASUS provide regular OS updates so that new apps become available - as at the moment it appears you cannot install third-part open source apps. Similar in concept to Apples iphone/itouch.

    The next revision the 1001 should feature a 10" screen, and increased SSD capacity options. The use of the ULV processor limits its usefullness as a serious productivity device. But the description of it as an access device is apt and what it should be used for.

    With the current linux OS it's perfect as a 'my first pc' type device for young children. The tabbed interface and big icons are a great idea. If they include a CD/DVD optical drive in the 1001 you can boot off a linux CD and get the full linux experience when you need it. The optical drive will obviously add weight, and effect battery performance but you'd only need it to use it occasionally and they'd no doubt give the option of switching it off.

    As for running windows xp - thinjk about it like this, it doesn't weigh much more than a similarly specced UMPC such as th OQO2 which also has a 7inch screen. Plus the clamshell design is arguably much more usuable than the keyboards on the OQO2 or Samsung models. And all at a considerably lower price. I hope this device really is the UMPC killer. Or atleast forces the UMPC manufacturers to stop persisting with the folly of running full-blown Windows XP or Vista on their seriously underpowered devices. This machine is the perfect compliment to your regular 14 or 15 inch notebook for most tasks and your smartphone/blackberry for portable communications. Hopefully marginalising tablet pc's and umpc's
    and even regular pocket pc PDA's even further.

    This is what the foleo should have been - i'm convinced palm decided to abandon that particular folly when they got whiff of this.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    'I'm hoping that ASUS provide regular OS updates so that new apps become available - as at the moment it appears you cannot install third-part open source apps. Similar in concept to Apples iphone/itouch.
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    There is a built in apt-get utility. We didn't get chance to see it working, but I suspect that there is no restrictions on what could be installed.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Just an update for all, as i'm currently sending this post by way of the RM Minibook.

    I will give my review after a few days of testing,but so far so good!!!

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Video review (part 1) of the GUI here

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Loads of pics here.

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Rm Minibook is shipped with a Restore CD, which needs to be run from Windows XP (nice!)

    Well i've had it one day and i have got some serious testing to do under xp, so everybody say goodbye to the Linux OS

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    Re: RM Asus miniBook review

    Why on earth would you want to downgrade to an inferior operating system that was not designed or not optimised for the hardware it's running on?

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