The $299 version comes with 512MB of memory and a 2GB solid state hard disk. This version is also missing the webcam but does still come with the MMC/SD (SDHC) card slot.
There is also an addition of a $399 version which comes with 1GB of memory and an 8GB solid state disk. (I personally would spring for the $299 Black version if I was looking to purchase a smaller notebook).
One of the cooler things about the Playstation 3 is that you can install Linux on it, fairly easily I might add.
Recently Softpedia posted an installation guide for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) on the Playstation 3. So if you want to maybe play some old school games with emulators or you want to do some other type of cool guy linux stuff, well… you can.
The install process isn’t really that long and the great news is that you can keep the standard PS3 OS installed so you can still do all the great things that the PS3 can do.
One more thing I’d like to mention about it, Ubuntu CAN read the Blu-ray disks however you cannot play Blu-ray movies through Ubuntu (darn DRM).
Wal-Mart has begun selling a $199 PC powered by a Via C7-D Processor and running Linux. The PC is manufactured by Everex and comes with 512MB of DDR2 memory and an 80GB hard drive. The Linux distro running on the computer is called gOS which is based on Ubuntu 7.10.
Since the Operating System (OS) is Open Source you can actually download gOS and put it on a computer of your choice. You can get the ISO for the OS here from the official site or you can download it here at LinuxTracker.org. The ISO is 728MB so it won’t fit on a CD-R but will fit on a DVD-R with plenty of room to spare. gOS comes as a LiveCD so you will be able to play around with gOS before you install it.
(by the way, the g doesn’t stand for Google it stands for Green)
I think that this is a pretty cool idea, I don’t really think that it will sell that well because people who don’t know much about computers will probably be upset if they come home and find something they aren’t accustomed to when they boot up their brand new computer for the first time. But, this is a really neat low-cost computer that I don’t think people should rule out just because of the OS installed.
This is something that I just did not expect at all:
“In the course of the past several months, it has become clear that the right path for Palm is to offer a single, consistent user experience around this new platform design and a single focus for our platform development efforts. To that end, and after careful deliberation, I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration and focus all of our energies on delivering out next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market,” Colligan wrote on Palm’s blog.
This just amazes me, and I don’t understand why I seemed to be the only one in the world who would have enjoyed this device. Think of the Foleo this way, it is the iPhone with a real keyboard, a much larger screen, and without the worry of it getting scratched or the screen shattering.
I do think that their reason is good, focus on a single platform, but I also think that for most people the Foleo was pretty much the only thing that you would need throughout the day. As long as you have a browser you can pretty much do anything.
I hope that the Palm Foleo isn’t completely gone for good, hopefully they will bring it back in the future and add some cool new features to it. (I don’t think that that will happen but I do think that it should happen).
The Palm Foleo (mentioned here) will be hitting stores soon and some information about the device has been on the internet.Wind River Systems will be providing the Linux distro for the Palm Foleo. The device will have a 416MHz Intel Marvell PXA27x processor, a Marathon 2700G graphics accelerator, 128MB of RAM, 256MB of non-volatile memory, a CF slot located behind the battery, and an SD expansion slot.
I still think the device is really cool and because it runs linux will be very hackable. The Foleo will be a great option for people who want a full size keyboard but don’t want the overhead of a full sized laptop.
“This guy has hooked up the Thinkpad’s inbuilt sensor to a presentation software, so smacking the right of his monitor moves the presentation forward, and smacking the left moves backward. Useless but cool.” – elhoncho (digg)
This is cool but just like coverflow in iTunes it isn’t useful at all but is great to show off.
I completely agree with him I think that to many people use there laptop as a desktop. I don’t need all the power when I’m going most places, all I want is to be able to check my email, do a little writing, and maybe read some RSS feeds with Google Reader thats it why so many people need 17″ screens and so on is beyond me.
I know what most of you are thinking this device looks kind of cool but why would I ever want to buy one? Well I’ll tell you right now that I probably won’t ever buy one however if I had the extra money I would. Reason being: it is amazing.
The Palm Foleo is very similar to the Nokia N800 which I also think is a great device. The reason you would buy one is because a lot of your life is online. I personally spend a lot of my free time online (obviously). I don’t use a lot of desktop applications, I use Gmail, Google Reader, Twitter, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, etc. So most of the time I don’t want to have to get out a device with a lot of bloat if I just want to jump on wikipedia and look up something. I also don’t want to carry my hot running MacBook around the house when all I’m going to be doing is surfing Digg or writing some email.
Now I do understand that $599 is a little much for a device like this, its basically a Nokia N800 with a keyboard for $200 more. But I think that if they could find a way to drop the price $100-$200 it would be something that a whole lot more people would be looking at.
What I cannot find anywhere is whether or not this thing has Wifi. I would assume that it does however the only type of wireless systems that I can find anyone talking about is it wirelessly syncing to your Treo, that would most likely be done over Bluetooth. I’m going to assume however that it does have Wifi.
The device will not make it in the market. No one is going to want to buy it at that price. I don’t think it will last more than 6 months. The device just doesn’t have a large enough customer base for enough people to get behind it. Not to mention that fact that so money blogs are already saying that it is a useless device.
Just please, for me, check it out, it is really cool.
On Tuesday Adobe released the final version of Flash Player 9 for Linux. They promised and they delivered. This is big news for Linux fans because this is one of the first companies to fully support Linux for a proprietary format. I think that Adobe is doing the right thing here and that Linux fans will be very happy with the new player.