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

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux laptop, Windows last updated April 8, 2008

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 Bluetoothâ„¢, 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 )

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop last updated April 8, 2008

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

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux Embedded devices last updated January 30, 2008

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

Posted on in Categories Linux, News, UNIX last updated January 21, 2008

=> 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

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, News last updated January 11, 2008

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?