Linked by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Few hardware vendors have not yet launched their own mini laptop (or, "netbook"). Most brands these days produce their own version of the same hardware, with Intel's i386-compatible Atom cpu's and Windows XP installed on a spinning hard drive or sometimes still a solid state disk. Some Linux models are still sold by some vendors, among whom Asus, which more or less started selling in this OLPC-inspired genre of laptops.
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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Thu 21st May 2009 14:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought that it would be ~$900 excl. gst even before delivery fee. Even if its ~$800 inc. gst, I feel the price won't be much competitive given its spec. But after reading this article, the machine looks quite awesome ;)


I did mine based on the Dashboard currency converter at 310 Euro's, there is no VAT because it is being exported to New Zealand. You're right about the competitiveness; I'd expect that if it were bundled with something like a Vodafone or Telecom XT plan it work be value for money for the end user. The problem is that the price isn't really low enough to justify someone sacrificing x86 compatibility; there is only something like a $10 difference (at best) when compared of what Lenovo, Samsung, HP, ASUS and others provide. For it to be competitive it would have to be NZ$500 including GST as it would be so cheap that the lack of x86 compatibility would be worth the sacrifice for saving NZ$300.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by t3RRa on Fri 22nd May 2009 01:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-11-22

That is right. I think besides x86 compativility, if it could not handle flash and flash movies up to par with windows/mac/linux-on-x86, that would not be for average users anyway so not competitive with that much price. I was thinking that would be really awesome at $300~400 ;)

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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 22nd May 2009 02:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

That is right. I think besides x86 compativility, if it could not handle flash and flash movies up to par with windows/mac/linux-on-x86, that would not be for average users anyway so not competitive with that much price. I was thinking that would be really awesome at $300~400 ;)


Correct, pretty much you need the holy trinity of web technologies these days to make a success of it: Flash, Silverlight (in the form of Moonlight - there is a player based on moonlight which allows one to play local WMV and WMA files using the CODECs provided) and Java. Once you get the holy trinity then it is all uphill from there. The problem with Linux on Netbooks is that it has the holy trinity but OEM vendors aren't willing to spend some time and effort to actually integrating a LInux distribution with their hardware so that the whole thing works seamlessly.

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