Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Apr 2009 20:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems A common concern when it comes to Linux on netbooks is that, well, they're hard to get your hands on, and even if you do find one, they often feature lower specifications than their Windows brethren. If yuo fear the situation will be similar for nettops, fear no longer: Acer has given out pricing and specification information on its Revo NVIDIA Ion nettop (the first Ion-based machine on the market), and there's good news for Linux fans.
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RE[4]: SSD
by matej on Sat 25th Apr 2009 05:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: SSD"
matej
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2007-05-27

More RAM mostly means more power consumption and thus a shorter battery life.

That's also why I don't fully understand why the author of this article is so happy about the battery-friendly SSD being replaced by a power-hungry HDD. Ok, I agree 8GB is too little, but I'm very happy with the 20GB SSD in my Eee PC 901 Linux; I you do not install a bloated operating system and a bloated office suite, you will have plenty of free disk space on a 20GB SSD, definitely enough for a netbook.

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RE[5]: SSD
by darknexus on Sat 25th Apr 2009 07:07 in reply to "RE[4]: SSD"
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2008-07-15

Battery life is not an issue for a net top, and the amount of power some extra ram adds is really negligible when compared to most of the other components in the system.
Yes, a 20 gb SSD is plenty big enough for a netbook. We're not complaining about the 8gb SSD in these things because of the space, although for any kind of desktop--even a nettop--that is a rather small amount. The SSDs in the AA1 netbooks are horrendously slow, unlike those in most of the SSD-based eee pcs. If it's the same 8gb SSD in these nettops, these things are going to seriously crawl when it comes to disk writes, think worse than a 1.8 inch 4200 rpm mechanical hd. They're not exactly blazing fast when reading either. In contrast, the primary SSD in the eee pc is quite good, although the secondary SSD--for models that do have two--runs at a similarly slow speed as the AA1's.

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