Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 11:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Go on, go around these gadget sites and read all that talk about netbooks and what not. Acer Aspire One this, MSI that, Dell Mini 9 this, Asus that. It feels like the second coming of laptops in this netbook revolution. But truth is, even back in 1999 you could find super-lightweight laptops in the market (for the right price). This 2005-released IBM Thinkpad X41 laptop that sent us, a well-known shop for computer parts, is one of the best Linux-compatible laptops you can buy today for cheap.
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by Zaitch on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 12:43 UTC
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I agree; I have a Centrino (Pentium M?) P1.7 Acer with a wonderful screen and wifi bought about 3.5 yrs ago. Ubuntu installs and runs flawlessly straight off the CD - performed about 6 months ago replacing windows.

I don't play games, but I do need access to web, office and command lines for remote access, so demands are modest. Investing in a new battery, and shifting a lot of regular non sensitive docs to dropbox sync helped. I can move seamlessly between multiple old + new machines in different locations without thinking about it.

Yeah, I wish the acer booted a bit quicker but once there, well, I can only type and think so fast, and I can afford a 2-3s delay opening larger apps.

If you go in with the right expectations, keep tight control - i.e. don't install unecessary bloat or over customise - and have a specific role for it then these machines can have great value and serve many more years.

I think in these economically and environmentally challenging times this sort of mass reuse will become a lot more mainstream - well, beyond ebay! - if it isn't doing so already. And good luck to it.

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