Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2012 21:14 UTC, submitted by ingraham
Linux Liuns Torvalds is a finalist for this year's Millenium Technology Prize, prompting Scott Merrill with TechCrunch to do an e-mail interview. Interesting how Torvalds ignores the existence of ultrabooks - the Air is the exact same Intel-designed machine. Curious.
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RE[2]: Comment by galvanash
by galvanash on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by galvanash"
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The 'better than Atom class processor' stipulation is a nicely arbitrary way to let out the Vaio X. I like how you slipped that in there.

I didn't know the Vaio X existed... I wasn't trying to exclude it - just saying that there were hundreds of netbooks with Atoms in them - but that was basically their Achilles Heal.

Having looked at it though I'll concede the Vaio X certainly did not look like a fisher price toy (compared to most netbooks).

Yeah, the Atom CPU in the X is why it was a pretty useless system for most real-world usage. But then, as you point out, so was the original MBA. And if the CPU used in the MBA had been available when Sony came up with the X, they'd probably have used it.

Yeah, that part is true... Apple did have a somewhat unfair advantage by getting a custom chip from Intel. It was way faster than an Atom - but that only got it to the bottom rung of usable for most people.

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RE[3]: Comment by galvanash
by AdamW on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 16:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by galvanash"
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The X was very much the MBA-before-the-MBA, but the Atom and the price tag killed it pretty dead. Really awesome technology, though. Sony does a lot of crazy stuff with its high end / niche laptops, though its low-end / mass market ones are fairly crappy usually. They were way, way ahead of netbooks too, with the old Picturebook series (I owned a couple of those).

If you can get a 2010 Z off eBay for a decent price it's still a really good thing to get, though I imagine some of the SSDs may start failing in a year or two. They're replacable, but it's a bit finicky as they're 1.8" drives, and not a lot of people make those any more. If an MBA isn't enough system for you, I think one of the new Samsung Series 9 systems might be the best thing around at current retail. The current model Vaio Z is interesting, but lacks an optical drive and a good internal graphics card, the bezel is somewhat larger than the 2010 one, and the keyboard isn't as good as the 2010 one.

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