Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2007 21:56 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The Sony UX1XN is quite possibly one of the smallest laptops ever. Think of the smallest laptop you've ever seen, and this will be smaller. Probably. Everything about it is dinky - it's barely bigger than a thick-ish paperback book, yet it packs a full Vista-touting PC inside its diddy dimensions."
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Vista is not good for this
by terog on Wed 14th Mar 2007 23:35 UTC
terog
Member since:
2007-03-09

Vista takes something like 15GB of that tiny 32gb flash drive just for the install. And the recovery partition takes 6.5GB... That's just crazy.

I've also read reports that battery life is much shorter with Vista than with XP.

As far as the resource usage goes Linux would be much better OS choice for this little beast. Nobody is gonna buy this device for gaming anyway.

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RE: Vista is not good for this
by butters on Thu 15th Mar 2007 01:27 in reply to "Vista is not good for this"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Anyone concerned with battery life shouldn't use Vista. They should have made it easy to disable SuperFetch, idle indexing, and other power-hungry performance enhancements while on battery power.

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suryad Member since:
2005-07-09

AFAIK, the battery life is bad because of the network stack not allowing the wireless card go to sleep or something like that. Not super fetch and not idle indexing. The indexing if I understand the technology correctly only indexes new things once the preliminary indexing is over.....it would be foolish to reindex the whole hard drive. Isnt Google Desktop search something like that as well? It just crawls ocassionaly and doesnt it automatically index the particular files everytime you create/modify them? I would think they meaning Microsoft and Google would have thought of that...

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RE: Vista is not good for this
by Bit_Rapist on Thu 15th Mar 2007 02:48 in reply to "Vista is not good for this"
Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

As far as the resource usage goes Linux would be much better OS choice for this little beast

Well they wanted to sell more than 3 of them. ;)

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NxStY Member since:
2005-11-12

Well they wanted to sell more than 3 of them. ;)

This device isn't exactly something you'd play games, or do photo editing on etc. Linux would have been the perfect OS for it.

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RE: Vista is not good for this
by fretinator on Thu 15th Mar 2007 16:31 in reply to "Vista is not good for this"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Vista takes something like 15GB of that tiny 32gb flash drive just for the install. And the recovery partition takes 6.5GB... That's just crazy

That's one of the downsides of Vista. It doesn't scale well with different kinds of devices. It tends to be a big pig in little clothes! Linux, et al., does a better job of scaling up and down. Almost any distro I can think of would fit in this device and only use a few gig after the install. In addition, the 1GB of ram would be more than enough, while you are pushing the limits with Vista and 1GB.

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