Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 9th May 2005 08:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We got in a new loaner from LinuxCertified.com, the brand new LC2210D model: a Centrino 1.80 GHz CPU, 512 MBs of RAM, Intel Extreme gfx card, 40 GB drive and a 14" XGA TFT screen. The laptop comes with the latest Ubuntu installed and sells for $1249. Read more for our review.
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suspend/resume is critical considering boot time
by JH on Mon 9th May 2005 17:45 UTC

> Us Linux advocates shouldn't be as concerned with getting ACPI/suspend working as we are with getting a good, quality piece of hardware into the hands of poor students.

Getting suspend/resume and other ACPI features working is critical for two reasons:

- Linux is a slow, slow booter. This badboy took 2 whole minutes. Without going into the details, we all know that the rc.d serial "start one process at a time" boot method is very slow compared to, say, Windows. This is inconsequential for a server, and manageable for a desktop, but for a laptop that gets turned on and off all the time, it's critical.

- Linux is stable. One of its selling points is that, unlike Windows, it doesn't have to be rebooted every few days to run smoothly. A Linux laptop should only have to be shut down once every couple of months ... the rest of the time it can just be suspended and powered off.

Linux + ACPI = a great "instant-on" laptop
Linux - ACPI = painfully slow startup