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Review: Zonbu Zonbook and gOS Cloudbook

Mar 23, 2008, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

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"I recently had the opportunity to try out two very different laptop-like computing appliances, both based on Via C7-M processors and priced around $400. The Zonbu Laptop proved to be one of the most civilized, well-behaved Linux systems I have ever used, while the gOS Cloudbook was a real handful, despite its tiny size.

"The Zonbu Laptop is a generously sized yet fairly lightweight machine with a large, 15.4-inch widescreen format display. It runs a managed Linux OS with a full complement of open source application software. By 'managed,' I mean that the OS updates itself in the background from time to time. It also backs up the user's files to Amazon's S3 web service, although the user need not be aware of that detail. Online storage, backups, and updates come with a monthly subscription fee..."

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