[News] Linux Steps in Where Windows Cannot Cope -- Ultra-mobile PCs

[News] Linux Steps in Where Windows Cannot Cope -- Ultra-mobile PCs

Post by Roy Schest » Mon, 23 Jul 2007 01:01:59

Can Linux Save the UMPC?

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| A possible solution to many of the problems with the UMPC, especially the
| ones that deal with slow performance, is to use Linux on the device.


It is already heading in this direction. Intel called Windows "fat" and it is
moving towards Linux, despite fear of Microsoft's wrath.


Linux-powered Mobile Internet Device video walkthrough

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| The finalized product could obviously change ever-so-sightly between
| now and then, but regardless, be sure to click on through for an
| in-action look at Intel's Linux-based MID, and try not to become
| too envious, capiche?


UMPC News : New Linux distro for MIDs to be launched in May. Redflag
Mid Linux

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| The new distro will have a 500MB footprint, will support
| power-saving features, boot time is shown as 18 seconds on
| one of the slides.


Has Intel Given up on the UMPC as a Mass Market Device?

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| I remember being struck by the idea that the device didn't quite know if
| it was a business or consumer tool, and at more than $1000, I couldn't
| see many people running out to buy one. Seems I was right (nice to be
| right once in a while). According to Gruener's article, Intel has
| decided to s *** the UMPC (or at least send it to the niche market
| pile) in favor a new mass-market device it's dubbing the Mobile
| Internet Device or MID (because we couldn't do this without
| another acronym).


Whatever Happened To The Origami?

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| Ultimately Origami is a classic example of how a viral buzz can
| work against a product release. Expectations were too high and the
| final product was puzzling and didn't fulfill any specific consumer
| demand. By the time the systems were actually released the hype had
| died down and there was practically zero consumer awareness. I've
| actually considered the possibility that the viral Origami campaign
| was a warm-up for the Zune campaign that followed later in the summer.


The UMPC dies. And no one notices.

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| If Intel has its way, then what once was the mass market UMPC will
| morph into much smaller and less powerful "mobile Internet devices,"
| hort "MID".
| [...]
| There must have been a slight disconnect between Microsoft's
| marketing strategists and hardware and product designers.
| Neither the first nor the second generation of UMPCs came
| close to the expectations the initial marketing created.


[News] Linux Steps in Where Windows Cannot Cope -- Ultra-mobile PCs

Post by Mark Ken » Tue, 24 Jul 2007 18:26:19

Roy Schestowitz < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > espoused:

Devices are certainly the right way forward; the continued push by
Microsoft to force higher and higher-powered machines onto the public at
large in the light of the major concerns with respect to global warming,
pollution and power shortages as well as a move to total mobility rather
suggests that Vista is seeking to create a market which nobody is
remotely interested in. I'm sure several major companies will go with
it, as they tend to lack the agility and inventiveness of smaller
operations which can change-course far more quickly, but overall, I
cannot see Vista ever being a winner.

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[News] Linux Steps in Where Windows Cannot Cope -- Ultra-mobile PCs

Post by Roy Schest » Tue, 24 Jul 2007 19:23:55

___/ Mark Kent on Monday 23 July 2007 10:26 : \____

Neither can industry analysts, unless they are paid to conduct a 'study' for


here an interesting article in the April 2007 issue of Harper magazine
about panels, audits, and experts. It is called CTRL-ALT-DECEIT and is from
evidence in Comes v. Microsoft, a class action suit in Iowa. Here a
paragraph from a document admitted into evidence, called eneralized
Evangelism Timeline,about guerrilla or evangelical marketing:

Working behind the scenes to orchestrate ndependentpraise of our technology
is a key evangelism function. ndependentanalystsreports should be
issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring
them). ndependent consultants should write articles, give conference
presentations, moderate stacked panels on our behalf, and set themselves up as
experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour. ndependent academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and granted research money).

They advise cultivating xpertsearly and recommending that they not publish
anything pro-Microsoft, so that they can be viewed as ndependentlater on,
when theye needed. This type of evangelical or guerilla marketing is
apparently quite common in the high-tech fields, and seems to be used
liberally by open source developers.

The document admitted into evidence also says, he key to stacking a panel is
being able to choose the moderator,and explains how to find liable moderatorshose who will sell out.

It is all a big money game. Most activists in any field know of
countless earings,in which hundreds of citizens would testify before a
panel, only to be ignored in favor of two or three industry xperts.When a
panel is chosen, the outcome seems to be a foregone conclusion. As with
elections, they don leave anything to chance. (a post from a Mark E. Smith about exhibit PX03096 vangelism is Warfrom
Comes v. Microsoft).

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