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[3]: MIPs
by psychicist on Sat 19th Jul 2008 21:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: MIPs"
psychicist
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You may think x86 is something special. Well, I can tell you it's not. The only reason x86 is so large nowadays is because of Intel, the Microsoft Windows operating system tied to x86 processors (it isn't that prevalent on Itanium either) and the high cost of RISC/UNIX hardware back in the day.

I have almost the same applications running on my Loongson MIPS system as those on my x86, PPC and SPARC systems. The only difference is the closed source GNU/Linux stuff that's tied to x86, which isn't that important for the device to function and can be accommodated for with e.g. a Linux/x86 emulation layer such as provided by QEMU.

I wonder what Mandriva have done in that respect.

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