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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Outside limits
by Earl C Pottinger on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 02:37 UTC
Earl C Pottinger
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2008-07-12

Please note the limits put onto net-books by both Intel and Microsoft plus others.

To my knowledge, no net-book comes with more that one memory slot nor do they any net-books let you expand memory to more than 2GBs. That limit alone cripples applications.

Second, Window Starter refuses to set my Aspire One built-in display to a greater resolution than 1024*600, yet the Device Manager shows I have a 1280*1024 display and Haiku-OS does let me use this resolution. The text may be small but pictures look great.

Limits like these imposed by marketing people are why net-books are dying as a class of computer.

Edited 2013-01-03 02:38 UTC

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RE: Outside limits
by Kivada on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 22:19 in reply to "Outside limits"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Agreed, Microsoft and Intel are the reason netbooks are failing.

Microsoft's laundry list of neutering restrictions in order to be allowed to sell them with Windows on them to ensure that they couldn't succeed at the time since XP was the only thing Microsoft had that would even run marginally well on any hardware, even full blown overclocked gaming desktops.

Intel with the GMA500, 600, 3600, and 3650 IGPs from PowerVR used in the Atoms, the early Atoms being chained to crappy power hungry chipsets or being kneecapped in the case of the N330 dual core/quad thread Atom. If you wanted any kind of performance you had to find an N330 with the Nvidia ION chipset, but the CPU had no powersaving mode by design and the configuration was exceedingly rare in Netbooks.

This wouldn't have been a problem had Linux been properly deployed on Netbooks, and the other market segments it was being tried at the time, but we all know how that crap went down... And they say having a million and one distros is a good thing for Linux...

So, what should a Netbook be in 2013? I list these because they are completely doable with today's technology:

An 18w AMD E2-1800 or E2-2000 with 2x2Gb-2x8Gb of low voltage DDR1333, pushing a matte 10" 2560x1600 screen, 2-3 USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort out, 1-2 miniPCIe and an Expresscard slot. OS options? Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04(stop whining, you know how to replace it with another distro don't you?).

If not that then possibly something ARM based, though around the quad core Cortex-A15/Mali-T678 in the 2-2.5Ghz range with all of the above save for the Expresscard and miniPCIe slots but it WILL NEED a standard SATA connector so as to use off the shelf drives and it MUST have an unlocked bootloader so that you can put ANY os you like on it, even if that means it will never run Win8 RT.

Edited 2013-01-03 22:22 UTC

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