Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Jul 2008 22:28 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Lately it's hard to avoid the buzz about these small laptops (sorry, I don't participate in the hype of calling them netbooks or whatever) - the small, cheap laptop systems that were popularized by the Asus Eee PC. Just like Xandros with the Eee, Mandriva is providing the operating system for the upcoming GDium system, produced by Emtec. The first GDium will be a netbook with a 10", 1024x600 resolution display and a battery life of four hours, weighing in at 1.1kg. The device is powered by the (for us) exotic Chinese Loongson processor, which is based on a MIPS design. Mandriva is working together closely with the GDium team to provide an optimal software experience. Available from September 2008, with a price expected to be round and about EUR 400.
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RE: Kinda neat
by psychicist on Sat 19th Jul 2008 10:24 UTC in reply to "Kinda neat"
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The price looks a little steep indeed and the processor may seem weird to you but it isn't to me and hasn't been for more than a year. You can expect longer battery life and less heat, two things that are very important in mobile devices.

I'll be looking at this Gdium and try to get one to test my Slackware port, but I wonder if it's possible to use an internal solid state drive if you want to. USB keys can be backed up much easier and it will also be much better to replace the device with another one when it's broken without opening the case.

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