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Linux-Based Cell Phone Netbook Dream Machine

Jun 09, 2009, 22:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"It does not speak well of the industry that so many Linux netbooks ship with major defects and pointless, broken customizations. What's so hard about it, anyway? Any moderately-experienced Linux user can easily customize Linux however they like; there are all kinds of excellent, easy utilities to do this. All the vendor has to do is make sure of a reasonable package selection and that all of the hardware works.

"But, as usual, I digress. A mobile phone-enabled netbook is my dream machine. 3G is miraculous; it marks the end of the endless hunt-for-a-wireless-portal. A 10" screen is plenty big enough to do real work and is easily luggable. Throw in a Bluetooth phone headset and I'm ready to hit the road. I have absolutely zero need or desire to walk and yak on the phone, or drive and yak on the phone, or sit in restaurants and yak on the phone, or go to movies and concerts and yak on the phone. I'm quite comfortable leaving the whole works at home. I don't mean to induce insecurity and terror in anyone, but it is possible to go naked and not carry a phone at all."

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