TCA (my initials)

January 3, 2008

the year of green linux

Filed under: techno lust — TCA @ 6:43 pm

The Everex gPC costs about two hundred U.S. bucks at WalMart. Firefox, Thunderbird, GIMP, and OpenOffice are pre-installed. 1.5GHz clock speed, ethernet port, six USB ports, 80 gig hard disk, up to two gigs of RAM.

gOS is based on Ubuntu Linux and uses the Enlightenment window manager. What I like best is the green cardboard box that the gPC ships in.

The Zonbu notebook has a 65W power supply, 15W average power usage, AC adaptor, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, 1.5GHz clock speed, 15.4″ screen, 60GB hard disk, DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, three USB ports, ethernet, and Wifi.

Zonbu calls their mini desktop “the greenest.” 20W power supply, 10W average power consumption, 1.2GHz clock speed, ethernet, PS2 keyboard and mouse, six USB ports, and optional Wifi. No hard disk. There’s a removable 4 GB Compact Flash card for all files and data.

I’m not sure if I like the way that Zonbu Linux is marketed. You have to select from a somewhat confusing assortment of service plans. This product review reveals all of the ugly details.

Asus manufactures a popular sub-notebook called the Eee PC. It has a 7 inch diagonal screen with 800×480 resolution. It’s the only computer that I’ve mentioned here with a genuine Intel microprocessor. There’s an internal solid state drive (no hard disk) and an external slot for a removable SD-HC card.

Xandros Linux is pre-installed. Geeks and precocious teens with too much spare time on their hands can install eeeXubuntu Linux on this machine.

Nokia recently released a free OS upgrade for my n800 Linux PDA. The n800 has an 800×480 screen resolution (same as the Eee PC) but a 4 inch diagonal screen instead of 7 inches.

Now that you’re feeling all warm and green inside, maybe you feel like giving a little back… Here’s your chance. The One Laptop per Child project offers you the opportunity to be Santa Claus 365 days a year. You can donate Quanta Computer’s OLPC XO-1 to poor children in the Third World.


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