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Hardware, Embedded Systems Usually, the only live press events which garner any attention are those by Apple, and sometimes those by Microsoft. This time around, though, Acer's been the center of attention, and it has paid off: the company has unveiled a boatload of interesting hardware - including a dual-screen laptop, a high-resolution Android phone, and several tablets.
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Where are the ARM netbooks?
by ozonehole on Wed 24th Nov 2010 01:16 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

Is it just me, or is anybody else sick of hearing about more tablets? It's a product that should have died with the Newton (remember those?). I've been waiting two years for the promised ARM-based netbooks, and none are in sight. All the manufacturers said we'd have them in late 2009 or early 2010, but then Apple released a tablet computer (why didn't they call it the iNewton?) and now that is suddenly the rage.

I guess that whatever Apple makes, the fanboys will take out a second mortgage to buy it whether they want it or not. Then the Taiwanese clone it and the Herd will follow. I just wonder what the next great new old product will be - perhaps one of those online "smart" refrigerators that were touted during the dotcom bubble:

Forget the Shopping List, Let the Fridge Order the Milk
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/fo...

I can see it now - the iFridge with a 16-core ARM processor, yours for only US$18,000. Then ASUS will release an Android-based eeeFridge and Acer will market the AspireFridge One, both of which boast triple-monitors (you can read an ebook on one, play games on the other, while Net surfing on the third).

Sorry if that sounds like sour grapes, but I'm pissed that absolutely no one delivered the netbooks. Yes, I know I can buy an eeePC. In fact, I've had one since 2008. The idea of going to ARM though was longer battery life, and (far more important to me) fanless operation. I live in a dusty environment and fans have always been the weak spot. Ironically, I used to own an excellent fanless laptop back in the early 1990s (Toshiba T1000), but it only ran MS-DOS and lacked graphics or connectivity.

I guess if I want to own an ARM-based computer, I've got to build it myself. Anybody know where I can buy the motherboard?

Edited 2010-11-24 01:29 UTC

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indieinvader Member since:
2009-08-11
RE: Where are the ARM netbooks?
by lemur2 on Wed 24th Nov 2010 02:26 in reply to "Where are the ARM netbooks?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Is it just me, or is anybody else sick of hearing about more tablets? It's a product that should have died with the Newton (remember those?). I've been waiting two years for the promised ARM-based netbooks, and none are in sight.


http://netbooked.net/blog/pioneer-launches-10.1-via-arm-based-dream...

Slow and cheap, but still an ARM-based netbook.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I agree, this "tablet" shit is getting annoying. Hell, every fad Apple introduces gets annoying (often before their product is even released), and so do all the people who just won't shut up about it (and honestly, this includes articles on websites--I don't give a damn about Apple's gadgets, and it's annoying when they're the only "news"...). I also would like an ARM-based netbook. Or even a MIPS one. SOMETHING.

But it's got to have a decent keyboard and screen. By that, I mean something much more than a crappy phone-style 2" screen (netbook-size at least), no stupid slide-out micro-keyboards (or micro keyboards of any kind, for that matter), and no touchscreen crap. Unless the touchscreen is a second and *alternative* way of interacting with with the interface, not the primary--then touchscreen capability is acceptable.

I'm not into using touchscreens as a primary interface, and I'd rather use a typewriter than a miniature cell phone keyboard or touchscreen keyboard any day. All the processing power and memory in the world is pointless if a product's usability is destroyed by bad input methods and configurations--I'll take a keyboard and touchpad/mouse any day. Or hell, even keyboard and touchscreen would even be decent. Or better yet--keyboard, touchpad, and optional touchscreen.

I'm about to give up waiting for ARM though; I figured that might be my chance to get a nice new, power-efficient, small and silent netbook without having to buy Windows yet again in the process. But come on... seriously... broken promises leading to no news. Apparently with the upcoming release of Duke Nukem Forever, ARM-based netbooks will be the new flagship example of vaporware.

I just can't get excited about a two-screen touchscreen-capable laptop with no keyboard. Sorry Acer.

Edit: I just read lemur's post. Bleh... that thing looks like it was designed in Apple's headquarters, except for the black keys. And it's apparently slow as hell. Pass.

Edited 2010-11-24 02:34 UTC

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Apparently with the upcoming release of Duke Nukem Forever, ARM-based netbooks will be the new flagship example of vaporware.

Don't so fast in forgetting about GNU HURD!

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RE: Where are the ARM netbooks?
by dagw on Wed 24th Nov 2010 13:43 in reply to "Where are the ARM netbooks?"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Toshiba AC100. 10.1" screen, 900g and sleek design.

Unfortunately it runs a customized Android 2.1 which is pretty useless according to most reviews. Fortunately there seems to be some steps towards getting a normal Linux distro running on it: http://www.linux-netbook.com/video/ubuntu-1010-demoed-on-a-toshiba-...

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RE: Where are the ARM netbooks?
by big_gie on Wed 24th Nov 2010 14:53 in reply to "Where are the ARM netbooks?"
big_gie Member since:
2006-01-04

Forget the Shopping List, Let the Fridge Order the Milk
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/fo...

I can see it now - the iFridge with a 16-core ARM processor, yours for only US$18,000. Then ASUS will release an Android-based eeeFridge and Acer will market the AspireFridge One, both of which boast triple-monitors (you can read an ebook on one, play games on the other, while Net surfing on the third).


Enlightenment... Now Running On Refrigerators
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODgxOQ
:D

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