Another device that’s similar to the ASUS eeepc: It’s small, light weight and is available with Linux pre-installed:
HP releases its first Linux-powered laptop
Apr. 09, 2008
At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the University of Texas Supercomputing Center April 8, Hewlett-Packard announced the release of its first Linux-powered computer to be sold in the United States, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Service Pack 1.
HP was expected to offer a Linux desktop, and now it has finally done so. It’s not, however, the Linux desktop that many users expected. Instead of being a general-purpose consumer system or business PC, the Mini-Note is meant for the education market.
Chris Sieger, director of IT Services for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia, said in a statement, “HP listened to our needs and now is delivering a product designed by education for education.”
So now Dell and Lenovo are probably the two largest hold-outs from the UMPC market. But, the Dell machine has been leaked, and I doubt Lenovo will hold out for long. Why would they?
And, in a related development, a report that talks about why light devices optimized for Web 2.0 run Linux, not Vista. It seems Microsoft did not anticipate Web 2.0 when they designed Vista:
Broken Windows Can’t be fixed
Hardware complexity is another problem: “While Windows keeps getting bigger, customer requirements to keep Windows small keep increasing.” Better stated: “In the long term, Microsoft Windows, in its current form, will have trouble competing in a world with many device form factors and highly functional Web applications.”
Then there is the aforementioned relevancy shift from desktop PCs to the Web. Silver and MacDonald mark 2011 as the tipping point where the percentage of OS-agnostic applications meet and exceed OS-specific applications. Microsoft is tentatively scheduled to ship Vista successor Windows 7 is 2010. Seven will hit severe development head winds unless Microsoft changes its approach.
Silver and MacDonald reach a startling conclusion: “Windows as we know it must be replaced.” They’re right. They suggest a new virtualization architecture as Windows’ replacement. I disagree. Windows can’t be fixed. The market has moved too far past Windows. As the Gartner analysts rightly observe, Windows is necessary for legacy applications, and there the Hypervisor could provide valuable legacy compatibility. But the future is the Web 2.0 platform and supporting commodity device and server operating systems.