The Linux laptops of 2009
Apr 06, 2009, 12:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Blankenhorn)
"The Chinese like cheap, and they understand the cellphone
business model. When Westerners look at the product, however, we
want usable keyboards, acceptable screens and compatibility with
the files we used last year.
"The first generation of Linux laptops ran an Intel Atom chip
set. They were underpowered, but Microsoft found a way to get
Windows XP on them, at $3 per copy, then Windows 7, at an unknown
price, so they are less of an adjustment.
"The next generation of Linux laptops will run the same ARM
system used in phones, which is why Chinese makers are looking to
Android, a phone operating system, as their guide."