[ubuntu-uk] new arm notebooks

Matthew Wild mwild1 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 02:08:42 GMT 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 1:09 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/2/23 Robert McWilliam <rmcw at allmail.net>:
>> On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 01:53:19PM +0000, Liam Proven wrote:
>>> The form-factor the ARM netbooks should be aiming for is that of the
>>> Psion 5 and 5mx, or a host of broadly-similar Windows-CE powered
>>> Handheld PCs, such as the HP Jornada 720, the LG Phenom, the NEC
>>> MobilePro and so on. Pocketable computer power.
>> There are some linux devices along those lines. The one I'm currently
>> waiting for:
>> http://openpandora.org/
> I've read of it. Tiny pocket Gameboy thing with an appalling-looking
> keyboard. Doesn't look interesting to me at all.
>> ATM I've got a Nokia N810 which isn't a clamshell but is aimed at the
>> same kind of use pattern (and you can get a clamshell case for them).
> I have looked at them - interesting gadget, but no PDA functionality
> and a bit small for the Web, I reckoned.
> But for me, the big selling point of the Psions was an excellent
> keyboard. Amongst other things, I write for a living, and I wrote many
> thousands of words on my Psions. They paid for themselves many times
> over. Even the Eee doesn't match up.

Aahhhhhh, Psions. Brings back memories. I used them for coding,
likewise churning out many, many lines of code.

But, now just a distant memory. I'm keeping a keen eye on the Pandora.
I'm not sure the keyboard will be so bad, but I'm waiting to hear what
people who receive them say about that. Calling it a "Gameboy" thing
is fairly misleading. It's simply an ARM machine running an embedded
Linux distro (with desktop), with a touchscreen. The only specific
"game" things about it are the 2 control pads above the keyboard, but
I'm quite sure they'll come in handy for scrolling :)

Only time will tell. It sounds like we're both looking for something
similar, and I have never managed to replace my old Psion. Can't
justify the cost vs. size/weight/battery of the "netbooks" which are
catching on now, which is why I'm hesitant to jump for one of those. I
prefer something I can fit in my pocket, yet still type on.


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