Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2012 21:14 UTC, submitted by ingraham
Linux Liuns Torvalds is a finalist for this year's Millenium Technology Prize, prompting Scott Merrill with TechCrunch to do an e-mail interview. Interesting how Torvalds ignores the existence of ultrabooks - the Air is the exact same Intel-designed machine. Curious.
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by galvanash on Fri 20th Apr 2012 22:43 UTC
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Interesting how Torvalds ignores the existence of ultrabooks - the Air is the exact same Intel-designed machine. Curious.


I hate to find myself defending Apple on a "who had it first" discussion, but Apple came out with the air in 2008 - Intel's Ultrabook initiative spec was released 3 years later in 2011. The ultrabook spec is essentially an Air, not the other way around...

I don't think it is at all a stretch to say that Intel's ultrabook specs are a direct result of looking at what Apple did and enhancing upon it. Give credit where credit is due and all that.

Granted, the original Air kinda sucked and was ssllooowwww, but it was essentially the first unibody netbook size device with a better-than-atom class processor that didn't look like a child's toy.

Back to Linus - he uses an 11" Air... How many 11" ultrabooks are actually on the market? The only one I even know of is the Asus Zenbook UX21E-DH52 - granted there may be more I just am not aware of, but if the Asus is used for comparison it fails badly imo. The 11" air is a MUCH better product, and it is the same price.

Full discolsure - I have an 11" Air so I am of course bias, but I did try out a friends Asus before buying it and I didn't like it at all. And I run Windows almost exclusively on my Air, so it is not an OSX bias - I don't even like OSX and only use it for development of iApps.

Are there any other 11" ultrabooks?

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