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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I don't like it very much
by twitterfire on Thu 21st May 2009 18:08 UTC
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

The CPU is very dated (loongson 2 is 3-4 years old) and is way beyond the computing power of any Intel or Amd CPU.

I don't like the battery life, either.

And I don't see the inability to run popular operating systems and software as a "feature" like Stallman.

If you want to play with these mips toys, why pay 400 euros for a piece of crap when you can buy a mips toy with just 169 $? You can check Alpha 400 which is way cheaper. http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=ALPHA-400&cat=NBB

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RE: I don't like it very much
by rayson on Thu 21st May 2009 18:11 in reply to "I don't like it very much"
rayson Member since:
2009-05-21

The CPU is very dated (loongson 2 is 3-4 years old) and is way beyond the computing power of any Intel or Amd CPU.


The Loongson-2 architecture is a few years old, but Loongson-2F is a revision that is around 1 year old.

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RE: I don't like it very much
by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 19:00 in reply to "I don't like it very much"
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

With all due respect, but whatever the limitations might be, it's far from "a piece of crap".
Unlike for instance your linked Alpha 400 laptop the Yeeloong has a decent screen and a good keyboard. It's much faster, has 8x the RAM and a 160 GB hard drive, ships with a fresh kernel, etc.
The feature it has is not the "inability" to run certain software. It's the software makers who decide not to support the given platform. The feature is, 100% open hardware, no blobs.

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

With all due respect, but whatever the limitations might be, it's far from "a piece of crap".
Unlike for instance your linked Alpha 400 laptop the Yeeloong has a decent screen and a good keyboard. It's much faster, has 8x the RAM and a 160 GB hard drive, ships with a fresh kernel, etc.
The feature it has is not the "inability" to run certain software. It's the software makers who decide not to support the given platform. The feature is, 100% open hardware, no blobs.


You are right, Yeoloong has a beter screen, better keyboard and more ram and disk space. I just said that the only two good reasons for buying an Yeoloong netbook are:

1. you develop software for mips platform
2. you are a geek and you want to play with a mips toy

I would buy such a netbook for reason number 2. But 400 euro seems too much for what you get. I think 120 euro for alpha netbook is enough for a toy.

If you search alibaba dot com, the largest search site for chinese merchandise, you can find an mips netbook for 720 cny ~ about 75 euro. And the cheapest loongson 2f with 800 Mhz cpu, 512 ram and 4 GB nand flash hdd is 170 usd ~ about 120 euro.

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