Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2007 15:47 UTC, submitted by george
Intel Intel is developing its own take on the mini-tablet, with a new ultra-mobile PC platform to be announced at this week's Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The big surprise? It's based on Linux. In the meantime, Intel announced new details of its forthcoming Santa Rosa PC platform, including a significant revision of the Core 2 Duo chip.
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Don't Understand Tablets
by segedunum on Mon 16th Apr 2007 18:47 UTC
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2005-07-06

Microsoft has been banging away at tablets for years. It's Bill Gates' personal baby, and yet, absolutely no one wants one and everyone who has tried one has found it impractical apart from some very niche uses. Nokia have also had a multipurpose tablet running Linux, and it has also largely been a commercial failure. The best they have managed is using it as a test-bed for some software, and giving it away to some Gnome developers.

I see absolutely nothing different about this one that Intel is producing, nor why they haven't learned their lessons from others. I mean, what on Earth is a 'prosumer' for crying out loud?

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RE: Don't Understand Tablets
by Hiev on Mon 16th Apr 2007 19:02 in reply to "Don't Understand Tablets"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Nokia have also had a multipurpose tablet running Linux, and it has also largely been a commercial failure.

Till you show some documentation proving it ain't nothing but FUD.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Till you show some documentation proving it ain't nothing but FUD.

Do look up the definition of FUD.

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2006/tc20060207_7...

"Sales of the 770 are still neglible for Nokia, which booked 2005 revenues of $41 billion. It won't say how many 770s have shipped, but analysts figure the number is fewer than 25,000 units."

When a company doesn't tell you how many have been sold, you know the news is bad. The 770 is nothing more than a somewhat unstable test-bed for some open source software with Linux shoe-horned on to a tablet device:

http://www.osnews.com/story.php/15079/Review-Nokia-770-Internet-Tab...

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RE: Don't Understand Tablets
by stare on Mon 16th Apr 2007 19:10 in reply to "Don't Understand Tablets"
stare Member since:
2005-07-06

Nokia have also had a multipurpose tablet running Linux, and it has also largely been a commercial failure.

Except Nokia tablets are in fact commercially successful, that's why Intel is developing it's own mini-tablet, and HTC is going to enter this market too with Athena tablet communicator.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Except Nokia tablets are in fact commercially successful

No they're not, and there are no sales figures to support that in any way, shape or form.

I also don't know why you say that Nokia Tablets are selling well (plural), because Nokia don't have many tablets to sell at all. What they do sell are the Nokia 770, and the N800, which is just an evolution of the same thing. They're just unstable beta test pieces of kit for Linux, with some open source software on them, for the open source Linux enthusiast crowd to lap up. That's not commercially successful.

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RE: Don't Understand Tablets
by hobgoblin on Tue 17th Apr 2007 14:38 in reply to "Don't Understand Tablets"
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2005-07-06

first of the 770 was never intended as a mass market device. it was a deveopers device for interested devs.

the N800 is the first device of this series thats aimed at the mass market directly.

therefor i would not go about using the sales figures for the 770 as a indication that the N800 will crash and burn.

not to long ago i read about a person that had used it with great success to order tickets online during a festival. as in, rather then standing hours in a queue he just pull out his N800, accessed the festivals web page and ordered up some tickets from there.

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