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IT-Analysis: Linux Laptop a Prince Among Young Frogs

Jan 30, 2004, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Bloor)

"After kissing a few frogs with some heavyweight laptops that didn't quite transform into princely sales, Tadpole is hoping for more success with their latest product family, Talin. Tadpole has taken its long standing relationship with Sun technologies a step further, as this family of Linux based laptops is the first to sport a fully supported mobile installation of the Sun Java Desktop System.

"The Talin laptops will eventually offer a broad range of portable specifications. The first to be launched is a middle of the range model, Talin 15, offering a Pentium 4 processor running up to 3GHz with a 15inch high resolution display and built-in Wi-Fi. This will soon be followed by a lightweight, 3.5lb ultra-portable and somewhat later, a high-end 17inch-display version for power users. This may be Tadpole's first Intel laptop, but if the price is right and the hardware quality good, there's no reason these products should not be considered alongside existing portable business workhorses. The real differentiation is the platform software..."

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