Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The big thing in notebooks right now are netbooks. They're cheap, more than powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and small enough to actually carry around without anyone even noticing you're carrying one (not a bad thing in some parts of the world). However, they also receive a lot of criticism, such as cramped keyboards and displays that are too small. So, at Kaiwai's suggestion, here's a question for you all: how do you use your netbook?
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RE: Netbooks
by Richard Dale on Fri 21st Aug 2009 17:33 UTC in reply to "Netbooks"
Richard Dale
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2005-07-22


HP MiniNote 2133 w/ Ubuntu Hardy

Purpose: VPN into the workplace and admin machines. The resolution is great for Terminal Sessions, Cisco console sessions, and rdesktop for the Windoze session. Especially valuable for vacation and remote work when on call.


I use an HP 2133 too - as my main machine. I triple boot with Kubuntu Intrepid/KDE 4.2 and Kubuntu Jaunty/KDE 4.3 on two hard disk partitions, and Ubuntu 8.04 on an 8 Gb SD card.

I use it for KDE development - C++, C# and Ruby, cross compiling for ARM for several small device projects, along with email, jabber, web surfing and the usual stuff. I chroot the three OS partitions so I can compile stuff in the different environments at the same time.

It works fine even with a slow VIA7 CPU, although it gets hot with C++ compiles. My main problem is that the so called 'super durable keyboard' is losing the metallic paint on the most used keys after only 7 months use. The 8.9 inch 1200*768 screen is just slightly too small, and I think the 10 inch one in the new HP 2140 mini-note might make all the difference. But for 300 UK pounds I can't really complain..

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