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2007\11\04@072659 by Xiaofan Chen

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Just read this:
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/11/one_laptop_per_1.html

Newegg has the Asus Eee PC for sale at US$399.99+Shipment.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220244

And OLPC will have duo for sale at US$400 (one to donate)
http://www.laptopgiving.org/ (Two for US#400)

Will you buy one of these?
Comparison:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/$100_laptop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC

Or maybe you will like Everex Sub US$300 Notebook better?
http://www.engadget.com/tag/Everex/

Personally they are all based on X86 and IBM PC Architecture.
And that is is no longer fun to work with according to some people.
http://www.natetech.com/?p=239 (Interesting read but now Mac is
also based on the X86 architecture).

I like this more but I have not found one yet. (Godson is kind of
instruction compatible with MIPS)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinomanic

Xiaofan

2007\11\04@185742 by Xiaofan Chen

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On 11/4/07, Xiaofan Chen <spam_OUTxiaofancTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
> Personally they are all based on X86 and IBM PC Architecture.
> And that is is no longer fun to work with according to some people.
> http://www.natetech.com/?p=239 (Interesting read but now Mac is
> also based on the X86 architecture).
>
> I like this more but I have not found one yet. (Godson is kind of
> instruction compatible with MIPS)
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinomanic
>

Just read this:
http://www.linux.com/feature/119890

Quote:

"Loongson-2F, the latest version of China's homegrown processor, will
be released in November, according to CAS. Longsoon-2F will operate at
a frequency of 1.2 to 1.5GHz, matching the speed of the low-end Pentium 4
processor while consuming only around 5 watts of power. Unlike its
predecessor, Loongson-2E, Loongson-2F will support DDR2 SDRAM
and USB 2.0.

CAS also says that Loongson Box, a computer with the Loongson
processor but without a monitor, keyboard, or mouse, will begin mass
production in early 2008. ICT has authorized STMicroelectronics to produce
Loongson chips and Loongson Box. STMicroelectronics will cooperate with
Mandriva and use Mandriva Linux as the operating system for Loongson Box,
which also features GNOME, Wallpapoz, and gDesklets, and supports virtual
desktop."

Sounds good.

Xiaofan

2007\11\04@192648 by Russell McMahon

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> Will you buy one of these?
> Comparison:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/$100_laptop
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC

If I was buying a very very very bottom spec laptop there
would need to be an excellent reason to do so.
Chances are the OLPC would match the sort of reasons I would
have.
It's concept incorporates ruggedness and long life and use
in a hostile low power environment. Competitors are probably
more focussed on cheap per functionality.

The OLPC display is aimed to be super readable in bright
sunlight with its backlight turned off. If they manage that
(as its claimed they do) it would be far superior to most
available displays.

It's Lithium with Iron Ion battery has a 5 year target life.
Good trick if you can do it!

Battery replacement cost is targeted to be $US10. Good trick
if you can do it.

Target power consumption is said to be 2 Watts. Good trick
...

It has WiFi mesh networking as standard.

As a carry while hiking or travelling very basic PC or as eg
a forest park information kiosk or a phone home communicator
(alarms or whatever) it could be very useful. Whether
competitors are liable to be as good in this sort of context
is to be seen.



       Russell




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