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ZaReason's New Terra A20 Ubuntu Netbook: Everything Works

Oct 02, 2009, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Boot time is definitely a plus for this little machine. If you've ever used a Windows-based laptop, you've probably suffered through boot time creep. With every new application and driver you load you'll see the time from hitting the power button to a useful computer slowly creep up. The ZaReason Terra A20 goes from power on to login screen in a snappy 45 seconds. Type in your user name and password and you can be doing useful work in another 10 seconds. That's not too shabby for a hard disk-based computer.

"Ubuntu Netbook Remix uses a screen-heavy approach to launching applications or accessing specific file locations. This works really well on a screen with a relatively small amount of real estate. Similar applications are grouped together under wide buttons. Clicking on one of these buttons presents icons for each individual application in the middle area of the screen. It seems to work better than the traditional Ubuntu desktop on the smaller screen."

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