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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RE: Comment by galvanash
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 21st Apr 2012 22:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by galvanash"
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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.


While that's true, it should also be pointed out that there's very little difference between "ultrabooks" and ultraportables/ultralight laptops. You can pretty much define ultrabooks as "ultraportables that are less-expensive & less-expandable than most 'business ultraportables' and use ULV processors." E.g. laptops like the ThinkPad T410s (my current laptop) are really only distinguished from ultrabooks by the CPU, the pricetag, and the lack of the "ultrabook" trademark.

And ultraportables certainly aren't anything new. I've personally owned a Toshiba Portege (forget the model #, but it weighed about 3lbs and was from around 1996-97), a Sharp Actius A120 (under 3lbs & circa 1998, though it would probably be classed as a netbook by today's standards), and three X-series Thinkpads. Depending on how much you're willing to stretch the definition, I also have an old Sharp laptop with a 286 (from '89 I believe) that weighs around 3.5lbs - and going back even further, there's the TRS Model 200/Tandy 200, which was also one of the earliest portable computers to use the modern "clamshell" form factor:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=234
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TRS-80_Model_200_and_Vaio.jpg

If anything, Apple was one of the last major computer manufacturers to release something that could be considered an ultraportable. One thing I will give them credit for is that the MBA does seem to have started a trend of more affordably-priced ultraportables - but unfortunately ultrabooks also seem to be copying the Air's flaws compared to business ultraportables (fewer ports, no wired ethernet, batteries that aren't user-replaceable, RAM that isn't upgradeable, etc).

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