Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 22:27 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Hardware, Embedded Systems We already introduced Dell's new laptop wonder, the Z600, to you earlier this week. What makes this laptop special is that it contains a small ARM motherboard which runs a special version of openSUSE Linux, allowing for instant access to basic functionality like checking email, browsing the web, and playing multimedia files. What's news, at least for OSNews, is that research from Dell has shown that people spent 70% of their time in the Linux environment.
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The next step
by kenji on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 23:05 UTC
kenji
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2009-04-08

..would be to ditch the intel processor and motherboard altogether. A pure, quick booting ARM netbook would be much more awesome (and smaller, lighter, have longer battery life, et cetera).

I do think that there is a market for small ARM powered portables considering that a large chunk of netbook users are only looking for email, internet and media use. No need for a full blown OS and x86 processor.

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RE: The next step
by Praxis on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 23:57 in reply to "The next step"
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2009-09-17

well this laptop is in a whole other ballpark compared to a netbook. Its an expensive business laptop with all the bells and whistles. I don't think there would be much of a market for a business machine that can't run windows software, the linux is just an extra gadget in the end. Its an interesting idea, but I don't really see it as related to the ARM netbook trend that people are predicting

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RE[2]: The next step
by kenji on Mon 5th Oct 2009 15:14 in reply to "RE: The next step"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

I was making a general statement, it wasn't pertaining to this model specifically.

I understand that business machines need x86.

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RE: The next step
by dagw on Mon 5th Oct 2009 10:32 in reply to "The next step"
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2005-07-06

Even though a large chunk of netbook users spend a large chunk of their time doing only email and web stuff, the fact that they can run Office or matlab or whatever they need if they have to is a huge selling point.

So even they only run powerpoint 1% of time that they're using their netbook, removing the ability to run powerpoint lowers the usefulness of the netbook by a lot more than 1%.

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RE: The next step
by jabjoe on Mon 5th Oct 2009 15:03 in reply to "The next step"
jabjoe Member since:
2009-05-06

Good idea.

You use the x86 to run Wine clients. The Wine server can run natively on the ARM.

When no Wine client applications are running, power down the x86.

The big win here is not the fast boot times, it's the ARM battery life. I'm sure Windows boot times can be brought up to speed.

Also there is the slimness you can get from a Linux, meaning you don't have to touch disc so much, stick a SSD and you won't have to touch disc at all. Again saving battery. ARM and Linux is great for a long battery lifed mobile computer.

The only question is, do you really need Wine and Windows apps? I don't, so the x86 is just dead weight to me.

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