Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 22:24 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu running on the Kindle 2? Done. "What you see there is a Kindle 2 with the Ubuntu 9.04 port to ARM running in a chrooted environment. On the screen you see xdaliclock in front of an xterm with the remains of a top command and a few mildly embarrassing typos."
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Nostalgia
by kenji on Fri 4th Sep 2009 00:12 UTC
kenji
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2009-04-08

This brings back memories of monochrome 386 lcd laptops running MS-DOS. Mmmmm

There are probably only a few people old enough on OSNews to remember the classic laptops with the real trackball mouse and screens that you could only read if you looked at them straight on.

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RE: Nostalgia
by shiny on Fri 4th Sep 2009 00:26 in reply to "Nostalgia"
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2005-08-09

My first laptop was 386 running Windows 3.1. I used it a lot as a word processor. It served me decently over the years.

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RE: Nostalgia
by ameasures on Fri 4th Sep 2009 16:09 in reply to "Nostalgia"
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2006-01-09

This brings back memories of monochrome 386 lcd laptops running MS-DOS. Mmmmm

There are probably only a few people old enough on OSNews to remember the classic laptops with the real trackball mouse and screens that you could only read if you looked at them straight on.


Well that's one way to make some of us feel ancient.

The current notion that Gigahertz machines with a gigabyte of RAM are under resourced still sticks in my throat. In the early days a 1MegaHertz machine (6800) with 16KiloBytes of RAM was regarded as fully respectable.

This anomaly also surfaces as a deep conviction that if software worked right: booting would take a couple of seconds and applications would open in similar time scales.

Every time we get near to good performance - some bright spark adds a layer of abstraction in. So the machine still takes about a minute to start up and 10 seconds to load an application just as was the case 15+ years ago. In some ways the wonder isn't how much things have changed but how little.

For many purposes a mono display with ultra-low battery use would be a great compromise and I look forward to seeing what emerges from this niche environment.

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