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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biffuz
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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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