Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 22:27 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Hardware, Embedded Systems We already introduced Dell's new laptop wonder, the Z600, to you earlier this week. What makes this laptop special is that it contains a small ARM motherboard which runs a special version of openSUSE Linux, allowing for instant access to basic functionality like checking email, browsing the web, and playing multimedia files. What's news, at least for OSNews, is that research from Dell has shown that people spent 70% of their time in the Linux environment.
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Wonky Lateral Thinking
by linker3000 on Sat 3rd Oct 2009 01:27 UTC
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What this configuration is really saying is that for a significant number of people, a full, Wintel-based laptop is not essential, but that ditching Windows completely would be unthinkable at the moment - mainly because mass-market PC culture pretty much expects Windows (and, to a lesser extent, an x86 architecture) to be part of the equation.

For many people, Windows *IS* the PC and it would require a significant mindset change to accept that 'something else' would do just as well (says me, typing this in on an Atom-based netbook running Fedora 11!).

The Dell Z600's ARM-based, Linux-running side-shoot provides the functionality that many people need, yet Windows is close at hand as a 'comforter' - perhaps for Dell's sales figures, for the end-user's peace of mind, or maybe for the corporate IT guy or Purchasing Manager that fears the wrath of the Board lest they should do the unthinkable and take the radical step of equipping staff with a 'funny' laptop that's 'missing Windows'.

The ARM implant isn't a clever way to solve a technical or functional deficiency, it's a smart move to maintain sales by selling tin that will do the job for most without giving them a 'where's Windows?' brainfart.

Edited 2009-10-03 01:30 UTC

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