News on the ultra low-cost PC front

News on the ultra low-cost PC front

Summary: Those under-sized, ultra low-cost laptops continue to generate over-sized news. No, the Dell 500 isn't an ultra low-cost laptop.

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Those under-sized, ultra low-cost laptops continue to generate over-sized news.

When Dell announced a $600 laptop for the India market, many sites assumed this was the rumored 8.9-inch challenger to the Asus Eee PC and HP Mini-note. Instead, the Dell 500 appears to be a run-of-the-mill, budget 15.4-inch model with a Celeron processor, 512MB to 1GB of memory, an 80- or 120GB hard drive, Intel integrated graphics, and Windows XP or Ubuntu. Then again, it does cost less than many configurations of the HP 2133 Mini-note.

One Laptop Per Child's Nicholas Negroponte told the Associated Press that its XO laptop's open-source software left it at a competitive disadvantage, and could eventually be replaced with Windows XP. His comments came after an executive in charge of the developing the Sugar open-source software resigned.

Asus confirmed that it will introduce a version of the Eee PC with an Intel Atom processor at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan in early June. The company also agreed to give the first buyers of the new Eee PC 900 in Hong Kong a free battery upgrade after they discovered they had received a smaller battery (4-cell, 4400mAh) than the one provided to local reviewers (4-cell, 5800mAh), according to DigiTimes. By the way, the Eee PC 900 will be available in the U.S. for $549 starting on May 12th.

Finally, all this attention seems to be drawing more players into the ultra low-cost arena. The latest include the Medion Akoya Mini and the MSI Wind.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Operating Systems, Processors, Windows

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  • As far as I can see Negroponte lost everyone from the project

    As a result of Negroponte making this unilateral decision, pretty much everyone else walked off the project. Everyone makes mistakes of course, and his heart is in the right place, but this was a monumental error in judgement.

    I personally was thinking of buying and gifting one, or maybe getting my employer to gift 10, but now, I just don't see the point. I have no idea what the platform is anymore.
    And what's special about it? Just send old Windows XP laptops out instead of these.
    There was a lot of cool stuff introduced into the OS, that's all been thrown away, so what are you left with? Just another XP laptop. No one but Microsoft can go in and tune the OS to run better in this environment, so it pretty much kills the whole software side of the OLPC.
    stevey_d
  • Negroponte has lost it.

    Right from the beginning the OLPC was based on strong ideologies. For those of you who don't remember, Steve Jobs offered MacOS-X for free for the OLPC but old Negroponte [b]rejected MacOS saying it wasn't open source[/b].

    And what an ironic situation we're in now. Negroponte moving away from Linux in favor of windows XP? What happened to all that open source and freedom and openness ideologies he would keep emphasizing all the time?

    I don't have any faith in OLPC any more, what's to say they won't completely sell out to microsoft and you'll have a tiny underpowered PC loaded with XP, MS-works and notepad, and nothing else?

    As for the Sugar interface, it exists [b]today[/b] for the OLPC/Linux. This chap now wants it ported to XP? And when will that happen? And who will drive that project now that the Sugar bosses have resigned? Brilliant, John.
    kraterz
  • You forgot TI

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speak_&_Spell_(game)

    Lowest cost PC for education...
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • What about 5

    "OLPC:Five principles
    ...
    5. Free and open source"
    http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Core_principles

    Guess it depends on how much gifts head your way;-)
    Richard Flude
    • About 5

      Once in the past I was unemployed. But my contacts recommended me http://mijob.org. Trust it or not, I searhed right here and discovered the thing I hunted. Now I awe what can it be. That happened to be similar to magic. Who has the exact same?
      joankelly55