Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2008 21:10 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS Michael Saunders got Syllable Desktop to run on his new Asus Eee PC (screenshot). There is some work to do to support all hardware, but most functionality already works. Michael reports that video, audio, touchpad, USB and battery monitor all work. Widescreen video and network don't and there may be reliability problems with USB storage devices. As installing Syllable from a USB device doesn't work yet, Michael used an inventive method for installation. It can be done by imaging your Eee drive with the dd utility (from Linux), installing Syllable on it through QEmu and then dd'ing the image back to the real drive. Note that the drive number needs to be adjusted in the GrUB boot file. The project is looking into distributing Syllable especially for the Eee PC in this form.
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RE: Nice Work...Working as intended
by biffuz on Tue 15th Apr 2008 09:29 UTC in reply to "Nice Work...Working as intended"
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

This new class of "lite" PC is great IMHO. Most peopel have 20x the amount of horsepower they need, which only leaves room for blunders like Vista. OSes get clunky and fat. "LITE' machines force you to streamline and skin down the system, while retaining function.


Most people will not miss horsepower with the EEE. What they will miss is display size and storage.
But if you put a bigger screen and more storage, price will rise to the level of notebooks with more horsepower, so this machine is just nonsense for me.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"This new class of "lite" PC is great IMHO. Most peopel have 20x the amount of horsepower they need, which only leaves room for blunders like Vista. OSes get clunky and fat. "LITE' machines force you to streamline and skin down the system, while retaining function.


Most people will not miss horsepower with the EEE. What they will miss is display size and storage.
But if you put a bigger screen and more storage, price will rise to the level of notebooks with more horsepower, so this machine is just nonsense for me.
"

People trying to run Windows (along with its attendant extra virus scanners and other hangers-on) will miss the horsepower.

The EEEPC 900 (due out soon) will likely address screen size and storage capacity shortcomings. The EEEPC 900 Linux variant (which is lite enough to run nicely) will have an 8.9-inch 1024x600 screen and 20GB SSD storage.

There are other entrants in this market as well:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/16/eee-pc-killer-coming-from-acer/

Given such competition, there will be downwards price pressure.

This market is not nonsense ... it is in fact really hotting up.

http://clumpc.com/?p=147
http://gizmodo.com/365720/msi-wind-laptop-to-make-eee-pc-cry-eeek
http://www.umpcportal.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1404
http://www.umpcportal.com/products/product.php?id=185
http://www.umpcportal.com/products/product.php?id=188

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biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

People trying to run Windows (along with its attendant extra virus scanners and other hangers-on) will miss the horsepower.


A lot of people will miss Windows altogether...

The EEEPC 900 (due out soon) will likely address screen size and storage capacity shortcomings. The EEEPC 900 Linux variant (which is lite enough to run nicely) will have an 8.9-inch 1024x600 screen and 20GB SSD storage.

Given such competition, there will be downwards price pressure.

This market is not nonsense ... it is in fact really hotting up.


Yes, it is... but with more storage and a bigger screen, as you just admitted. And a bigger price tag, the cost of making such a machine is not so different from making a more powerful one.
These will probably become the lower end of the notebook market, not a "new" market.

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HeLfReZ Member since:
2005-08-12

Bingo..this (along with stuff like the EEE Desktop and Shuttle KPC) is quickly become a new battleground. Even Dell announced that they are getting into the fray. I am dying to have one to shove in my bag when I'm out and about, great tool for photographers and people on the go These are meant to be "complimentary" machines, not replacement machines, which is where alot of people trip up in comparisons.

The lite devices aren't meant to be compared to a full size pc, and the argument that you could buy a new c2d laptop for the same price is a completely idiotic remark. Average price for anything with a 12inch screen or smaller is at LEAST $1200, closest you could come is maybe using a old thinkpad xseries laptop, with is sans multitouch,webcam,etc.

I personally like the design of the MSI Wind, but I plan to hold out as long as humanly possible, until everyone has shown their cards.

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