I'm Building a $200 Linux Desktop

Pastor JW pastor_jw at the-inner-circle.org
Mon Apr 13 15:24:04 UTC 2009

On Sunday 12 April 2009 9:46:43 pm J. Limon wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 12:32:06AM -0400, Michael Haney wrote:
> > I've often wondered why none of the netbook makers are using the
> > faster 2GHz dual-core HyperThreaded Atom 330 processor.  Basically,
> > Intel didn't want to develop the Atom processor, but they had no
> > choice but to do so because of the growing netbook market and the
> > increasing market share VIA was getting with their low-powered x86
> > compatible processor.  The Atom 330 is available but not in
> > configurations suitable for netbooks.  This is because Intel is afraid
> > manufacturers will build larger notebooks using the faster chip and
> > thus cutting into their profit margins since they don't really make
> > any money off the Atom processor.  Nvidia had to work hard to get
> > Intel to support their Ion technology (a chipset that lets an Atom CPU
> > and Nvidia GPU work together better) because of this.
> >
> > I'm still going to build that Atom 330 machine.  I also need to
> > upgrade the RAM on my laptop which runs Vista.  1GB of RAM isn't
> > enough for Vista.  Whatever you all do avoid the Acer brand.
> Why do you say avoid Acer? The 10" Aspire One netebooks have glowing
> reviews.

I suspect it is because OWNER user ratings are very much lower.  Acer seems 
able to only last a year.  Not something to aspire to!  

73 de N7PSV aka Pastor JW <n><   PDGA# 35276
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