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A Tiny Laptop With a Difference: No Hard Drive

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| Interestingly, Dell is not offering a traditional hard drive at all; instead
| it uses solid-state memory to store the operating system, programs and data.
| A $350 version of the laptop comes with 4 gigabytes of storage and runs
| Ubuntu, a popular version of the open-source operating system Linux.


Acer Perspire One

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| Enough about me, let's get back to the sweaty business in hand. Of course, I
| decided that the installed Linpus Lite linux (based on the venerable Fedora),
| which works perfectly adequately, had to be ripped out and replaced with
| Ubuntu. It has become an obsession of mine, to install Ubuntu linux on
| everything. The fridge runs Ubuntu now, as does the PC and the mobile phone,
| and I'm considering an implant for the dog.



Ubuntu Mobile Edition: Review

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| The mobile Internet device (MID) space is one of the fastest growing
| platforms with new concept designs appearing every month. Nokia was one of
| the earliest vendors with a product (Nokia 770) in this space to ship with a
| Linux operating system (OS) and continues to see solid sales with the current
| model 810. New concept designs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and
| many sport a Linux OS.
| [...]
| With my Q1 I purchased the leather case / USB keyboard accessory to make text
| entry easier. Open Office works just fine under UME, and I was able to enter
| and edit text using the keyboard with no issues. The USB keyboard also
| includes an "eraser head" type mouse that works just fine under UME. I did
| not try to connect a Bluetooth keyboard although this version is supposed to
| support Bluetooth devices.


Trying Out Ubuntu's Netbook Remix

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| In a blog posting this morning by Mark Shuttleworth about Netbook Remix, he
| mentions Canonical is currently working with two other companies to design
| more radical user interfaces for their mobile products. Mark also
| mentioned, "The aim was to do something very simple that could be tested
| easily, work with touch devices and made shippable very quickly. It also
| needed to be efficient on lower-power devices, and work well with Intel
| hardware, which seems to be the preferred platform for this generation of
| devices and allows us to slip a few nice effects in that would be hard
| without the right hardware support."


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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