Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Mar 2008 20:14 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The Asus Eee PC will get an upgrade. "The next iteration of Asus's highly successful budget subnotebook, the Eee PC, has been unveiled at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, Germany. The Eee 900 will feature a larger screen than its predecessor, as well as more RAM, more storage and a larger keyboard. However, these enhancements will mean a slight reduction in battery life and a substantial increase in the cost of the device, relative to the first version of the Eee. The 900 will also come with pre-installed Windows XP as an option."
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RE[3]: Windows not needed
by kadymae on Wed 5th Mar 2008 05:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Windows not needed"
kadymae
Member since:
2005-08-02

I've seen and used my friend's eeePC in real life.

Until I'm able to feel how much a bigger battery will make it weigh?

What I liked about the current design is that it was so very light for all the goodness that it packed in.

I thought that, at last, I had found the perfect tool for letting me type up notes at panels, one that I could carry around all day and not break my (bad) back. But only if it had 4-6 hours of battery life.

And now I see that it will have even less battery life or, I will have to make it heavier.

(Shakes fist at Palm for not releasing the Folio.)

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RE[4]: Windows not needed
by asupcb on Wed 5th Mar 2008 06:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Windows not needed"
asupcb Member since:
2005-11-10

I heard that many of the problems relating to power will not be fixed until more changes to the Linux kernel and userland allow for more efficient use of the EEE-PC hardware and the processor's speed-stepping capability. It's a shame the EEE doesn't use LinuxBIOS or Open Firmware for the EEE-PC. Also why is their still no open wireless technology?

I look forward to the commercialization of the technology in the XO OLPC laptop. Once a company implements current XO technologies along with the new processors from Intel and Via things will get interesting. I'm trying to hold off buying a laptop as long as I can but I kind of need one for work and I would like to get the EEE-PC or better yet a commercialized version of the XO for adults in the developed world. I think around Christmas time this year this market segment will be very interesting.

Does anyone know if Canonical or one of the other major distributions has plans to try and break into this market?

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RE[5]: Windows not needed
by benmhall on Thu 6th Mar 2008 00:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Windows not needed"
benmhall Member since:
2006-03-08

I heard that many of the problems relating to power will not be fixed until more changes to the Linux kernel and userland allow for more efficient use of the EEE-PC hardware and the processor's speed-stepping capability.


The processor is an underclocked Celeron M. I'm pretty sure that one of the big differentiators between the C-M and Pentium-M was that the Celeron couldn't do SpeedStep. As an owner of the EeePC 701, I'd always assumed that's why they underclocked the FSB. (It runs at 70MHz instead of the processor's 100MHz normal operation, giving 630MHz.)

No doubt there are other improvements to be had in newer kernels than processor throttling, though. Me, I'd like to see Asus bundle NetworkManager and/or find a way to make the Eee hop back on a wifi connection a bit faster. This was much improved in eeeXubuntu, though overall, Asus' stock Xandros/IceWM suit me best.

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