jerrymc at msu.edu
Fri Mar 28 09:56:22 PDT 2008
On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 03:48:06PM -0400, Mike Jeays wrote:
> On March 27, 2008 03:09:42 pm mdh wrote:
> > --- David Kelly <dkelly at hiwaay.net> wrote:
> > > On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 01:53:57PM -0400, Joe Demeny
> > >
> > > wrote:
> > > > In the end, the best advice seems to be indeed to
> > >
> > > take the FreeBSD CD
> > >
> > > > to the brick-and-mortar store...
> > >
> > > Or you could purchase an Apple Mac Book and have a
> > > commercially
> > > supported Unix pre-installed. Guess that would take
> > > all the "fun" out of
> > > it?
> > While I like Mac products and OSX is pretty cool, I
> > still find their laptops a bit pricey.
> > By the by, has anyone tried FreeBSD on one of those
> > little Asus EEEpc sublaptops? A real, tiny, i386
> > laptop for $300 (plus maybe a bit more for an
> > additional SD card to bump the storage some) seems
> > like a truly awesome deal.
> I bought an Eee PC, but haven't tried any other software on it yet. I can
> confirm that the hardware is a bargain, and I used it 'as is' while
> travelling for ten days, and it connected 'out of the box' to the wireless
> service provided in each hotel. A mouse is a great help, although the
> built-in pad is quite usable. I had no trouble with the tiny keyboard,
> except for needing the light on to read the keys.
What!! You're not a touch typist??!!
A couple of others to look at:
By HP: http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/19/hps-umpc-2133-revealed/
By KJS: http://www.umpcportal.com/products/product.php?id=130
By Dell: http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/latit_xt?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~tab=bundlestab&dgc=ST&cid=27096&lid=615901O
By IBM: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/landing_pages/thinkpad/2008/X300?cid=us|semd|ggl|us_portable_en|t9C4|c&&s_kwcid=ContentNetwork|1073231341
I tried out a Kohjinsha in Japan and found that its small keyboard was
pretty easy to use as well (I suppose some would have trouble with its
size, but I found it fairly comfortable after a few minutes of getting
used to it). It looks about the same physical size as the EeePC. It
is a bit more expensive that the Eee, but it has 80GB/120 GB disk and
some more other good features. The display can be turned around and
used like a tablet and there are models with touch screen. I was
impressed with the display too. Even though it was a 7 inch and not
exceptionally high resolution, it was sharp and very readable. There
is some company that is marketing a version of it with English language
WinXP. I don't know if they put an English language BIOS in it. But, I
find that machine very interesting. It would fit in my jacket pocket - my
major size qualifier.
Some comments and pictures: http://technorati.com/photos/tag/kohjinsha
Japanese website: http://kohjinsha.com/models/sa/lineupsa.html
Of course, Dell and IBM models are more featured, but are much larger and
much more expensive.
The HP model is yet to be seen, but looks interesting.
> They are a really great innovation, IMHO. I am really pleased with mine.
> The wireless card may be the problem with FreeBSD.
> Mike Jeays
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