[kwlug-disc] things to look for in a netbook

Daniel Jolkowski danijolk at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 26 21:53:22 EDT 2009

I totally agree with Charles on this.  I bought an asus eee ages ago, eagerly waited for them to hit the Whitehorse market etc. but have been sorely dissappointed with it.  That is until I started using it like a PDA and not a computer.  Now I lug it around everywhere I go with addresses and maps and notes and crack-attack and some music and leave it in my backpack when I am at home.
It freezes all the time though.  But it boots in 8 seconds which kind of makes it okay.

--- On Fri, 6/26/09, Charles M <chaslinux at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Charles M <chaslinux at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] things to look for in a netbook
To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Date: Friday, June 26, 2009, 9:51 PM

My experience with people who've brought their netbooks into the shop is that many are trying to treat the netbook as a complete laptop replacement. Someone sold them on the idea of a netbook, they went out and bought a Linux netbook and then expected to connect scanner X, or find application X that they have on a Windows system on the netbook. To this point the ones we've had in the shop have had Xandros on them. Adding .deb repos doesn't work wonderfully because quite a few apps seem to have issues with the netbook (display issues, etc). It's not so much a Linux thing as an expectation thing.. You can imagine my smile when one client asked me if they could do video editing on their 7" netbook (yes we probably could have loaded Kino and it may have worked... but it's not really the purpose).

Maybe it's because I don't own a netbook, but I see it more closely aligned with something like a Palm TX than a notebook. To me a netbook seems better suited for Twitter than composing the next great novel... and any larger than 10 inches you're starting to defeat the portability purpose of the netbook.

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