At the end of May, [URL="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/304693/has_asus_all_given_up_linux?rid=-219"]Computerworld reported[/URL] that [URL="http://usa.asus.com/"]Asus[/URL], one of the early Netbook success stories had all but given up on Linux Netbooks. This was telling because the [URL="http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=24&l2=164"]Asus Eee[/URL] (of which I own one) has a very nice, simple-to-navigate interface. It starts up fairly quickly and has long battery life, but even the simple tabbed interface was apparently too hard for users raised on Windows. It got me thinking, if this simple version of Linux failed, how will Google's Chrome OS, inspired by Linux fare any better? [B]Linux is a Tough Sell[/B] Even though it will carry a …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 6

[URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] [URL="http://code.google.com/p/chromium"]Chromium OS[/URL] version 4.0.253.0, Free, 3GB image. I took Google's Chromium OS for a spin yesterday for two reasons: One, I thought that it looks interesting and, two, I wanted to see how it runs in real time on my netbook. I've used Google's [URL="http://www.google.com/chrome"]Chrome[/URL] browser for sometime now so I thought I'd give their Chrome browser-based OS a go. Here are my first impressions of Chromium and its features. Hardware: [URL="http://www.acer.com"]Acer[/URL] Aspire One netbook with 1GB RAM and using a 4GB USB thumb drive for the OS container. [B]Boot Time:[/B] WOW! It boots so quickly that I had …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 9

It's always exciting to hear about new technology like the tablet, and the idea of a new Apple tablet is one that sets us all aglow. But while we wait seemingly endlessly for Apple to come through (or not) with its long-rumored product, other manufacturers are flirting with the same idea, and it has me wondering why we need a new device category like tablets at all--beyond short-term technology titillation. Not only that, we've seen a similar device in the past and it turned out, nobody wanted it. [B]Is There a Compelling Need?[/B] We aren't really looking for another form …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 1

[URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL]'s CEO, Mark Shuttleworth fired one over [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s bow with a statement that the soon to be released Ubuntu 9.10 is ready to go head-to-head with Windows 7 on Netbooks. He also said that Windows XP is still hanging around on some Netbooks as a "ghost." Shuttleworth wants another shot at the U.S. market with his new Ubuntu 9.10 and [URL="https://one.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu One[/URL] offering. Ubuntu One is a file backup and sharing service where registered users receive 2GB of free storage and 50GB of storage for $10 per month. I hope that works out for you Mark. I really do. Ubuntu …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 13

I've[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4290.html"] speculated in the past[/URL] that nothing could keep Google from moving Android from a phone to a computer. After all a phone is just a hand-held computer, so it should come as no surprise that [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html"]Google officially announced[/URL] yesterday that it was getting in the computer operating system business with a new OS, initially targeted for the Netbook some time next year. Meanwhile, [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/07/what-the-hell-happened-to-the-free-version-of-google-apps/"]TechCrunch reported[/URL] yesterday that the free version of Google Apps, that's the corporate package of Google Docs, Gmail and so forth, is no longer being offered offered on the Google Apps page. If you want it, …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

Yesterday, [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html"]announced[/URL] that they are entering the Netbook operating system market with the Google Chrome OS--a Linux-based, web-oriented effort. On the surface, I see this as yet another ploy to take my Netbook from me. No, Google won't realize any direct profits from taking over my little blue Netbook but it's another attempt at making me remove Windows from it once and for all. Now, why would they want me to do [I]that[/I]? Maybe I can answer that question with the following list: 1. Google Chrome 2. Google Docs 3. Google Calendar 4. Google Apps 5. Google Books 6. …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 3

Ah, Microsoft, that crazy company from Redmond, WA is at again. This time they want to rename the Netbook unilaterally to the...drum roll please..."low cost small notebook PC." As first reported in the [URL="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20090602PD221.html"]Digitimes[/URL] last week, Microsoft decided on their own that the name was not appropriate and they were renaming it. I'm fairly sure they didn't consult with the rest of the industry about this change, but hey they're Microsoft right? They can do whatever they please. Of course, it doesn't mean the rest of the world has to go along. [B]Same Old Song and Dance[/B] I doubt very …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 6

The cheap Netbooks you see advertised at discount stores might not turn out to be so cheap after all. If you see a Netbook advertised at $100 or less, beware--it will end up costing you many times the regular price of $275-$400 USD. As I predicted in my post, "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4188.html"]Branded Netbooks[/URL]," vendors (Phone companies and ISPs) are selling subsidized Netbooks with service subscriptions. Don't allow yourself to fall into these traps. Netbooks advertised for $100 are associated with some costly fine print. For example, I saw one in my local Sunday paper advertisement section for $100*. Do you see that …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

Last week we heard about the first Android-powered Netbook (which I wrote about in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4290.html"]First Android Netbook Nothing to Write Home About[/URL]). Then on Friday, analyst [URL="http://gartenblog.net/"]Michael Gartenberg[/URL], who is VP of Strategy at Interpret, and who writes frequently about consumer technology sent the following Tweet: [I]Is Android's future in Netbooks? NO! of course not.[/I] I tweeted back: [I]@Gartenberg Not exclusively, but I could see Android being a viable Netbook OS.[/I] And Gartenberg replied: [I]@ron_miller hard to see it. not the right apps and no better than Linux. Linux Netbook return rate is huge.[/I] That got me thinking that ultimately, …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 6

Last evening, my friend [URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow"]Jason Perlow[/URL], IM'd me and told me to go to this [URL="http://download.cnet.com/Presto/3000-2094_4-10910300.html?tag=mncol"]link[/URL] and download a program called [URL="http://www.prestomypc.com"]Presto[/URL]. He had just returned from some "green" IT show in New York City and apparently had seen, or heard about, this Presto thing--a new Linux operating system that works on almost anything--even old laptops. "It boots in seconds," he exclaimed with almost childlike excitement. "What is it?" (My snappy retort) Here's the description given on CNET.com: [INDENT][COLOR="Green"]You are seconds away from productivity with Presto. Start up your computer in seconds. You will be able to instantly start to …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 6

If you recall, on April 11, I wrote "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4227.html"]Linux Store Open for Business: A Fantastic Voyage[/URL]," where I told you that I wanted a Netbook for my anniversary. I also described my fantasy computer store where you select your computer, OS, other options and walk out happy. I had a great anniversary (My 9th) and I got my Netbook. I've got the Netbook bug now. I'm hooked. It's the [URL="http://us.acer.com/acer/home.do?LanguageISOCtxParam=en&sp=page2&ctx2.c2att1=0&CountryISOCtxParam=US&ctx1g.c2att92=453&acond24=25&ctx1.att21k=1&CRC=4168717908"]Acer Aspire One[/URL] with 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, built-in web cam, wired and wireless LAN and even a small USB mouse. It weighs a mere 2.44 lbs and comes with Windows …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 1

As I've written before ([URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2335.html"]here[/URL] and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4177.html"]here[/URL]), the Linux desktop in danger of extinction. If operating systems could be placed on the Endangered Species list, I'd lobby for it. Perhaps this is a legitmate task for the [URL="http://www.linuxfoundation.org"]Linux Foundation[/URL]: Preserve the Linux desktop. I'm not quite ready to give up on Linux as a Desktop operating system--though I feel that I'm in the minority on this topic that grows mootier by the day. I think there's still a glimmer of hope in the unlikeliest of places: [URL="http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7181"]Schools[/URL]. I know it might sound crazy but it's true. Schools are notoriously cash …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 6

Google's [URL="http://www.androidlinux.com"]Android[/URL] operating system for cell phones, GPS devices and a host of other gadgets yet to be is the topic of much controversy and discussion. Why? [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/products/windowsce/default.mspx"]Windows CE[/URL], Embedded Linux, Android...who cares? When you shop for a phone, or any modern gadget, do you ask which operating system it's running? I don't for two reasons. First, the people working at the store look at me, and each other, like I've just stepped off a ship from Mars. Second, I don't care. I know that sounds odd since I am the Linux and open source staff writer here on DaniWeb …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 9

I saw a netbook at a discount chain store the other day that I want. It's an [URL="http://us.acer.com/acer/product.do?link=oln24g.redirect&changedAlts=&kcond5e.c2att92=843&CRC=2745306029"]Acer Aspire One[/URL]. It has 1GB RAM and a 160GB Hard Drive for $296. Awesome deal. The problem, at least for me, is that it comes standard with some whittled down version of Windows XP. This wouldn't ordinarily be a problem but I prefer Linux on my potential new netbook. Why don't you just buy one with Linux then? This store only carries the Windows version and I can't get the Linux one at the same price. Such a dilemma! My option is …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 2

This morning I heard a news blip about a Netbook offering later this year from Verizon. Verizon? The phone company? Yep. I had to do a double-take on it too. There's talk that the Netbooks will be subsidized and cost about $100. I'm sure that price is a result of main-in rebates or vouchers for Verizon services. Are branded Netbooks the next big thing? Is this how companies will promote their services in the near future? Will virtual desktop cloud vendors also offer Netbooks to their customers if they sign a 3-year contract for their services? Could be. Will consumers …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 1

I've read almost a dozen articles in the past week about Netbook computers and am sorely disappointed with some of the news about them. The general consensus is that Windows dominates the Netbook space. The info was gathered from sales reports by [URL="http://www.asus.com"]Asus[/URL], [URL="http://www.msi.com.tw"]MSI[/URL], [URL="http://www.dell.com"]Dell[/URL] and [URL="http://www.sylvania.com"]Sylvania[/URL]. This news is an amazing smackdown to those of us who were hoping that the Netbook space would be overwhelmingly Linux-owned. It's shocking, to say the least, that vendors would use a heavy operating system like Windows on a lightweight system such as a Netbook. What are they thinking? The whole point of …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 1

Proving that no holiday is sacred, The Register is reporting today on not one but two scams involving fake products to be on the lookout for this shopping season. Graphics card vendor HIS sent out an alert that, despite [URL="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Graphics-Card-Maker-HIS-Joins-Netbook-Market-98967.shtml"]reports[/URL] to the contrary, the company has [URL="http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/12/05/his_fake_netbook_warning/"]not ventured into the netbooks market[/URL]. HIS marketing chief Peter Yeung told The Register in no uncertain terms that "HIS has no plan for netbook products" and promised "swift legal action" against whomever is behind the counterfeit devices. In similar news, British customs agents seized hundreds of [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/05/nintendo_warning/"]allegedly counterfeit Nintendo DS and DS[/URL] Lite …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

I've looked at [URL="http://www.thinkgos.com"]GoodOS (gOS)[/URL] before in two other posts: [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2802.html"]The Netbook Market Booms with Linux Onboard[/URL] and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3401.html"]Three Linux Distros to Watch and Use[/URL] but now they've taken the lightweight operating system (OS) one step further with Taiwan-based manufacturer [URL="http://www.gigabyte.com.tw"]GigaByte[/URL]. The GoodOS team created a very stripped down, browser-based mini OS, named [I]Cloud[/I]. Every netbook comes standard with Cloud and Windows or Linux as its locally installed "heavy" OS. You can boot directly to Cloud, use the Internet, rich applications, online applications, etc. and with a single click, you can boot to your "real" OS--either Windows and Linux. The …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

About a month ago, research firm IDC released a [URL="http://idc.com/getdoc.jsp;jsessionid=NR3SD2A2131BMCQJAFICFFAKBEAUMIWD?containerId=prUS21420408"]report[/URL] summarizing personal computer (PC) sales and their projected growth over the next few years. Included in the report are Desktop computers, Server computers, and Laptops. The boost in sales and projected growth are due to the upsurge in consumers purchasing low cost portable computers (Netbooks) like the Asus Eee PC and others. You'd think that increased sales of these low-cost, ultra-portable computers would lead to greater adoption of Linux but the opposite is actually true. In fact, the return rate of Linux Netbooks is about 4 times that of those …

Member Avatar
Member Avatar
+0 forum 4

Netbook's, or mini-laptops as they are known, popularity, low price, portability, and solid state technology make them prime targets for innovation. Companies like Cyberlink, a multi-media software developer, want in. Their PowerCinema Linux, a custom Linux distribution bundling media software including photo, music, video and a DVD player, may be one of several new choices given to Netbook buyers. The small notebook computers already come standard with [URL="http://www.xandros.com"]Xandros[/URL], [URL="http://www.linpus.com"]Linpus[/URL] Lite, or [URL="http://www.savexp.com"]Windows XP[/URL]. The Asus Eee PC and Acer Aspire One are the best-known examples of the Netbook PCs. One of Cyberlink's offerings, [URL="http://www.cyberlinklive.com/"]Cyberlink Live[/URL], allows users to acess and …

Member Avatar
+0 forum 0

The End.