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    Elonex ONE arrived today

    First impressions are 'Oh dear'. A bit slow, a very unpolished OS running quite an elderly Linux back end to cope with the low hardware spec, and this shows in every settings box. More to follow.

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    NOOOooooo I was going to get a couple of these for family.

    In UMPC related news, the MSIWind/Advent 4211 is a fantastic piece of kit highly recommended ebayer A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    shame as standard it comes with the 3cell battery which gives 2hours charge, but the optional extra 6cell due out soon fix that to give a much more useable 4hours (or you can hack your own together to make a 9cell using an old Dell battery to give 12hours)

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    It has lots of very good ideas not quite well implemented. The entire thing is held together by screws you'd expect to find with flat pack furniture!
    And it desperately needs more RAM. 128MB simply does not cut is as the web page render times are awful!

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    That was my guess just looking at the spec and the design of the thing. It only has a 300Mhz processor too doesn't it?

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    I suppose you need to consider what you expect given the cost of the eeepc over it.

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    I got one of these on order:

    dabs.com - Acer Aspire One AOA150-Ab Atom 1GB 120GB Linux Blue (LU.S050A.074)


    £211.99 ex vat

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    Storage Hard Drive

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    All I can say is that it is a good job that they sold them all on pre-order as if I'd had chance to play with it first I would not have bothered. It simply is not up to the task of running it's own apps! With nothing running it swallows a whopping 100MB of the 128MB RAM!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    It simply is not up to the task of running it's own apps! With nothing running it swallows a whopping 100MB of the 128MB RAM!
    Makes you wonder if there's an opening in the market here for a decently put-together OS for these mobile devices - a small company doing a customised Linux distribution, earning money through customising drivers and certifying the OS for different vendor's devices. Some of the OSs on these new sub-notebooks seem a little hurried, as if they were put together as an afterthought.

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    damn small linux anyone?

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    Im not keen on them myself they seem a little bulky

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Makes you wonder if there's an opening in the market here for a decently put-together OS for these mobile devices - a small company doing a customised Linux distribution, earning money through customising drivers and certifying the OS for different vendor's devices. Some of the OSs on these new sub-notebooks seem a little hurried, as if they were put together as an afterthought.

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    If these manufactures have any sense, they'll put a customized version of ubuntu on their atom devices....it's the linux distro with the most solid brand awareness on the desktop both for consumers and in business.

    If apple were to venture into the business of providing low priced atom based sub notebooks they'd own this sector within a couple of years - because of what snow leopard promises to be as an OS capable of being adapted for use on different devices. And because quite frankly anything with the Apple logo on a subnotebook and starting at £300 would have people queuing up all night quite possibly.

    At the moment there's too much copycat, Asus made much of the early running, but the shine and buzz has faded from their early pace setting and there's nothing that stands out. And there is that sense that OEMs are rushing out devices with a hotpotch of operating systems for this platform, none of it with any clear direction as to what they are trying to be.

    windows 7 could be a possibility, but that's another couple of years away assuming they can actually produce a version suitable for Atom.

    In all honesty, looking at what manufacturers are able to do with intels ULV dual cores that could be the best bet for a good performing ultraportable computer.....some will even be able to accomodate a DVD drive. 12" screen isn't the end of the world.

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    Makes you wonder if there's an opening in the market here for a decently put-together OS for these mobile devices - a small company doing a customised Linux distribution, earning money through customising drivers and certifying the OS for different vendor's devices. Some of the OSs on these new sub-notebooks seem a little hurried, as if they were put together as an afterthought.
    Canonical are putting together a mobile version of ubuntu
    Ubuntu MID Edition | Ubuntu
    They are part of the moblin project, based around intels atom
    http://moblin.org/ (Sponsored by intel)

    The Acer Aspire One runs Linpus Lite, which I understand is quite popular in asia.
    I downloaded the livecd and it does look quite polished (XFCE) with simple and advanced modes, similar to the eee's xandros.
    Linpus Site - Linpus LINUX 9.4 Lite

    It claims to run on as little as 128MB, but TBH I think the Elonex should have nothing more than an ICA/RDP client.
    Last edited by CyberNerd; 2nd August 2008 at 08:50 AM.

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    Has anyone managed to work out where you set the proxy settings for one of these?

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