Linked by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Few hardware vendors have not yet launched their own mini laptop (or, "netbook"). Most brands these days produce their own version of the same hardware, with Intel's i386-compatible Atom cpu's and Windows XP installed on a spinning hard drive or sometimes still a solid state disk. Some Linux models are still sold by some vendors, among whom Asus, which more or less started selling in this OLPC-inspired genre of laptops.
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RE: simply not competitive
by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 13:37 UTC in reply to "simply not competitive"
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ps: i'd admit that a mips based netbook is cool. but i couldn't find a rational argument why it is cool.


Is there are rational argument for why *anything* is cool? :-)
I agree that there might be Atom-based laptops for a bit cheaper than this, depending on where you live.
But I think I can give you a couple of reasons for its "coolness".

What's attractive about this machine is the openness of all its hardware and so the freeness of all the software than runs on it (no BIOS, no blobs). And it will be a widely used architecture in China, there's much R&D going into this chip. They're really looking at alternatives for Intel and AMD's i386 empire.
So writing software and living the Debian or BSD MIPS life is interesting. :-) Who knows what kind of machines with this architecture will be available a couple of years down the line; I always thought it was fun to run a free software OS on my (PowerPC) iBook, but it was just too poorly supported due to its closed hardware specs.

And the build quality of this laptop is good, I'd say it's similar to the Lenovo Ideapads, cheaper models by say Acer are not in the same league IMHO. I'd gladly pay a few quid more for a good keyboard.

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