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]: 64-bit netbook
by rayson on Thu 21st May 2009 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE: 64-bit netbook"
rayson
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2009-05-21


True, but off hand I can't think of any particular reason 64-bit would make a difference in the current generations of Atom netbooks. The RAM is maxed at 2gb, so you don't need the extra availability of RAM that 64-bit offers and, given that 64-bit apps can take more memory than their 32-bit equivalents, it would seem that remaining 32-bit would be optimal for the current Atom netbooks.


I develop server applications, and having access to a 64-bit netbook would be nice!!

There are always bugs that assume integers and pointers are of the same size, and it is almost impossible to test for these kinds of bugs on a 32-bit platform. :-)

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RE[3]: 64-bit netbook
by darknexus on Thu 21st May 2009 18:13 in reply to "RE[2]: 64-bit netbook"
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2008-07-15

Well, watch your code so that doesn't happen. ;)
I guess I wasn't thinking about the software development side of things, as that isn't really the market these netbooks are targeted for. You do have a good point. I wonder, how much more energy (if any) does the N230 or N330 produce as opposed to the N270 and N280? Maybe they couldn't get the chipset's energy usage down to acceptable levels... or, of course, perhaps they were just lazy, it wouldn't be the first time.

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RE[4]: 64-bit netbook
by rayson on Thu 21st May 2009 18:19 in reply to "RE[3]: 64-bit netbook"
rayson Member since:
2009-05-21

Well, watch your code so that doesn't happen. ;)
I guess I wasn't thinking about the software development side of things, as that isn't really the market these netbooks are targeted for. You do have a good point. I wonder, how much more energy (if any) does the N230 or N330 produce as opposed to the N270 and N280? Maybe they couldn't get the chipset's energy usage down to acceptable levels... or, of course, perhaps they were just lazy, it wouldn't be the first time.


Well, I have a EeePC 701SD, and I don't use it as a main development machine.

However, it is just nice to have a machine that can do everything, surfing the web, checking emails, uploading photos (when travelling), looking at the code, and fixing an urgent bug or two when absolutely needed! :-P

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