Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The big thing in notebooks right now are netbooks. They're cheap, more than powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and small enough to actually carry around without anyone even noticing you're carrying one (not a bad thing in some parts of the world). However, they also receive a lot of criticism, such as cramped keyboards and displays that are too small. So, at Kaiwai's suggestion, here's a question for you all: how do you use your netbook?
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Internet, if only because I can't do more
by elmimmo on Thu 20th Aug 2009 14:24 UTC
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I have an Acer Aspire One, 8GB SSD, running Kuki Linux because installing anything on Linpus was a nightmare, let alone updating. Going back, I would have shed the €100 difference for the HDD version and put Windows on it. Or better yet get one of those you can install Mac OS X on.

I use it to read e-mail with Evolution (which I do not like, but have not found anything better –Claws Mail and Thunderbird felt even inferior; I even go with webmail for my Gmail account–), surf with Firefox (the UI of which feels too slow (tinkering with Chromium, which I prefer –or will prefer once it is a bit less broken and can run FF's extension Rikaichan on it which I need), IM with Pidgin, rarely with Skype (have not used the cam yet) and learn my bloody Japanese Kanji with Anki.

And that's about it, mainly because it cannot replace my MacBook at everything else I do with it (loving Safari's and Mail.app's experience more since I use Linux), either on Software and most of all on quality of experience. I would enjoy being able to run Lightroom on the go, even it it was slow as molasses and had to install Windows, but not on a 8GB SSD thanks, play with learning Cocoa, only that you need X-Code for that. I find Gnome Do totally ridiculous compared to LaunchBar (after trying hard to use the thing finally uninstalled it and went with xfce4-app-search or whatever you call it, which is also ridiculous but at least lighter).

To sum up, I have a netbook which I love having because it allows me flee home and do (som only) stuff on the go. I have a Linux netbook specifically, because I cannot have a Mac OS X netbook, and I feel it that way every second I am using it.

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