Linked by the_randymon on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 22:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Asus is the company that shook up the laptop market a couple of years ago with their introduction of the EeePC netbook. And with their announcement that they will no longer be producing netbooks in 2013, Charles Arthur over at the Guardian UK has declared that the netbook era has now come to an end. Sad news for those of us who still love our netbooks! Harry McCracken over at Time Mag thinks they'll be back. Anybody who spends time wiping the smears off their tablet's touchscreen might agree.
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For that I recently ordered a ARM-based Chromebook, it will be running Ubuntu for a while until I have time to play with installing a Debian.

It looks to me kind of like a cheap ARM-based plastic Macbook Air.

The ARM-chip is the same as the highend mobile phones will have in 2013.

It has a GPU by ARM too, the Mali, for which there already was an open source driver being developed. They've gotten pretty far with it in the year they've been working on it now.

Anyway, the binaries for the closed source driver are userspace and not tied to the kernel version so it should be fairly easy to work with.

So I hope this device will be fully open in a year.

There is a non-GPU accelerated version of Ubuntu which can be easily installed already called ChrUbuntu.

And there is an Ubuntu/Debian developer working on getting Ubuntu 13.04 running on it with the closed source binaries to have accelated GPU.

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