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[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 22nd May 2009 02:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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That is right. I think besides x86 compativility, if it could not handle flash and flash movies up to par with windows/mac/linux-on-x86, that would not be for average users anyway so not competitive with that much price. I was thinking that would be really awesome at $300~400 ;)

Correct, pretty much you need the holy trinity of web technologies these days to make a success of it: Flash, Silverlight (in the form of Moonlight - there is a player based on moonlight which allows one to play local WMV and WMA files using the CODECs provided) and Java. Once you get the holy trinity then it is all uphill from there. The problem with Linux on Netbooks is that it has the holy trinity but OEM vendors aren't willing to spend some time and effort to actually integrating a LInux distribution with their hardware so that the whole thing works seamlessly.

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