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Asus Ebox Ultra portable Desktop PC

Looks great and powered by Linux operating system :)

According to the register hardware web site:

Asus will finally launch the desktop version of its elfin Eee PC early next month. Once dubbed the E-DT, the unit is set to retail as the Ebox, we understand.

The rather Wii-style Eee will incorporate a 2GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive, we hear, but for now Asus is keeping the full spec to itself.

(Fig. 01: Asus' Ebox: Wii-like design)

The expected retail prices is likely to set between US $200-$300.

=> Asus to release desktop Eee PC as Ebox

HP 2133 Mini-Notebook PC – Full-function Priced Starting Under $500

To help schools offer affordable computing to every student, HP today introduced a full-function, mini-notebook Linux powered PC priced starting under $500. HP will join a fledgling market already populated with products from Intel Corp., the world's largest semiconductor company, and Asustek Computers Inc., the world's largest maker of computer motherboards.

The only way to keep cost is use Linux and create network only computer for everybody. Windows vista cannot be installed because of price tag and higher hardware requirements.

Notebook features

  • Simple, refined design and anodized aluminum shell that is sleek and sturdy yet lightweight;
    HP DuraKeys, featuring a clear coating applied over the notebook keyboard that protects the finish and printed letters and characters;
  • An HP 3D DriveGuard, which sends a signal to shut down the hard drive upon sudden movement or shock by using a three-axis digital accelerometer chip
  • Scratch-resistant display and magnesium hinge bracket
  • A large 8.9-inch diagonal WXGA display, user-friendly full keyboard (QWERTY) and touchpad;
  • Ability to view video, still-image capture, web conferencing or video-enhanced instant messaging with no additional hardware to buy or carry. An optional integrated VGA webcam enables video and still-image capture to allow the addition of photos and video clips to presentations, documents and email;
  • Two battery solutions – three-cell for lightest-weight configurations or optional six-cell for longer battery life;
  • Wireless technologies such as integrated Wi-Fi Certified WLAN(3) and optional Bluetooth™, allowing students to access the Internet as well as communicate via email, IM, chat, VOIP and blogging. The wireless technologies also enable connections at hotspots as well as with Bluetooth devices such as printers, mice and headsets; and
  • The processors HP is using are made by Via Technologies Inc., the distant third-ranked player in the microprocessor space, and come in clock speeds up to 1.6 gigahertz.

=> More information available here and here.

Download of the day: Asus EEEPC Linux Software Development Kit ( SDK )

Asus has launched an open-source project for its cheap ASUS Eee laptop PC . You can download SDK and start developing more applications. It is a collection of programming tools, utilities, documentation, and libraries for Asus Linux EEEPc.

From the project home page:

This is an open-source project for ASUS Eee PC series. It provides a center for the community of Eee PC users and developers, including source code, documentation and experience sharing. The project is officially supported by ASUS.

=> Download Asus EEEPC SDK [ ISO / Vmware Images - 885 megabytes)

Asus E-DT / E-Monitor / E-TV – Linux Based Low Cost Devices

Asus is extending the idea of Low-cost Linux based computer and gadgets to desktop PCs, TVs, and Monitors.

Asus has named the upcoming additions to its Eee PC family of low-cost computers, soon to be augmented with a small form-factor desktop machine, an all-in-one system and a TV. The details are as follows:

a) E-DT - Desktop PC, No Monitor - Cost between $200-300.

b) E-Monitor - 19-21" screen all in one desktop computer like iMac - Cost around $499.

c) E-TV - 42" Plasma with computer technology on board running Linux.

More information available here. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap TV / Pc?

News Roundup

=> KDE 4 Review : Ars Technica reviews KDE 4.0 - KDE 4.0 was officially released last week after extensive development. The long-awaited 4.0 release ushers in a new era for the popular open-source desktop environment and adds many intriguing new features and technologies. Unfortunately, the release comes with almost as many new bugs as it does features, and there is much work to be done before it sparkles like the 3.5.x series.

=> Humor : Intelligent atheist white man seeks sweetie // Help me keep the shell people alive

=> Every aspect of computer users' lives — from their heartbeat to a guilty smile -- could be monitored and immediately analysed under the futuristic system detailed in Microsoft’s patent application.

=> Asus Launches Windows Version of its Eee PC - Hackers no longer have to resort to their own devices to get Windows on Asus's Eee PC.

=> Crispin Cowan, the Linux security expert behind StackGard, the Immunix Linux distro and AppArmor, has joined the Windows security team.

Cheap $199 Linux Computer from Shuttle

Asus' Eee PC is the cheapest Linux laptop out there. Now Shuttle introduced its $199 KPC Linux PC. The company didn't have it on display on the actual floor of the convention halls here at the Consumer Electronics Show (too late did I find out you had to zip over to a private suite at the Bellagio for a look-see), but booth representatives were happy to talk details. "It's meant for simple tasks," said sales rep James Wonpu.

Shuttle’s $199 Linux PC

Would you go for such cheap PC?

ASUS Eee PC: $199 Cheap Linux Laptop

The ASUS Eee PC is an upcoming series of ultra-portable laptops designed by Intel and ASUSTeK, aimed at the consumer market. According to ASUS, the name derives from "the three Es": Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent mobile computing experience

ASUS Eee PC, a small, slim, and light portable computer that is priced at $199. It is powered by Linux.

Both the price and the size of the devices are relatively small in comparison to similar devices, such as Ultra-Mobile PCs. The Eee series is viewed partly as a response to the XO-1 notebook from the One Laptop per Child initiative.

The Eee PC is running a version of Intel's 910 mobile chipset, it uses a 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M CPU, it has 512MB of DDR2 memory, full 802.11g wireless capability, and a flash-based hard drive. There will be at least two different models of the Eee PC, with the $199 version using a 4GB flash hard drive and the $299 version using a 8GB drive.

Cheap Linux Laptop Specs

1. CPU - 900MHz Intel Dothan based Pentium M
2. RAM - 512MB of DDR2 (no upgrade possible)
3. Wirless - 802.11g
4. Hard disk - Flash-based hard drive ($199 for 4GB model, $299 for 8GB model)
5. Weight: .89 kilograms
6. Battery - Approx - 3 hours life
7. Misc - 4 USB 2.0, VGA output, 10/100 Ethernet, 56K phone modem

Few advantages

a) Cost - anyone can afford such system
b) If you use laptop for web browsing, e-mail and a ssh; this is a good system.
b) Almost no noise

Check out this product page for more information. What do you thing? Would you go for such cheap latptop?