Thursday, 30 April 2009

More Linux Toshiba Portege R500/R600 Macbook Air Killers

We now have 5 members in the Toshiba Portege R500-R600 and Linux Launchpad group.

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Macbook Air Killers

The Sony Vaio Z-series and Linux team has reached 97 memberships!
Also, we now have 3 members in the Toshiba Portege R500-R600 and Linux Launchpad group.

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

More Sony Vaio Z-series and Linux users, getting closer to 100

The Sony Vaio Z-series and Linux team has reached 96 memberships!

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Weekly update

The Sony Vaio Z-series and Linux team has reached 93 memberships, followed by the Dell Latitude E4200/E4300 and Linux team with 23.

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Acer Aspire 3935 -- New York Times

More Thin From Acer - Gadgetwise Blog -
acer aspire 3935

Yet another entry into the thin-and-light laptop competition emerged Wednesday, this one from Acer, a swank design in mocha metallic that’s priced to move at $900.

The 13.3-inch Aspire 3935 compares neatly with Dell’s new $2,000-plus Adamo at an inch thick and just over four pounds, with an LED backlit 16:9 CineCrystalT display. There’s a webcam, fingerprint protection reader and media card slots. It’s packed with Windows Vista Home Premium.

Personal Computing

While Acer has had a full-frontal profile in the netbook race, it’s keeping up in the other categories as well. The firm obviously needs to maintain momentum. As one of the top suppliers of notebooks — a segment expanding in unit sales, but declining sharply in selling prices — Acer is deeply invested in the portable category, chasing Dell as it tries to expand its market share further in 2009. Just last week, I had a report about another Acer debut, the Timeline range, featuring extended battery life.

Acer’s also looking larger, as it readies a new 18-inch Aspire model for June, with all the expected bells and whistles, including an Intel Core 2 Duo, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670, “full HD” 1080p resolution and a Blu-ray disc writer

Portable it’s not. I’d suggest adding a workout day at the gym if this machine is on your wish list: it’s more than 10 pounds.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Acer Aspire 3935 13.3'' at $899 will come with intel graphics card, perfect for Linux compatibility

Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire 3935 now available for $899, 18.4-inch 8935G coming in June
Acer Aspire 3935-6504 Specifications

* Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7350 (2.0GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
* Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1
* 13.3-inch HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED Display
* Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset
* 3072MB DDR2 1066MHz Memory
* Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
* 250GB SATA Hard Drive
* 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
* Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera
* 5-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
* Intel® WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/g/Draft-N Wireless LAN
* Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution
* 3 – USB 2.0 Ports
* Acer Touch-Sensitive Hotkeys
* Convenience Buttons
* 4-cell Li-ion Battery
* 4.18 lbs.
* 12.8" (W) x 1.0" (H) x 9.3" (D)
* MSRP $899.99

In addition to Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1, the Aspire 3935-6504 comes with additional preinstalled software includes Acer Arcade™ Deluxe featuring Cinema, Album, Music and HomeMedia, eRecovery Management, Acer Launch Manager, Acer GameZone, Acer Video Conference Manager, Adobe® Reader®, Adobe® Flash® Player, Google™ Toolbar, Google™ Desktop, McAfee® Internet Security Suite, NTI Media Maker™, and Microsoft® Works 9.0 with Office Home and Student 2007.

Aspire 3935-6504 Pricing and Availability

The Aspire 3935-6504 notebook PC is available now via Acer's authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, including J&R Music and Computer World, B&H, Beach Camera and e-tailers including, and, with prices beginning at $899.99. The Aspire 3935-6504 comes with a one-year limited warranty.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

ARM now boasting Dell Latitude E4200 ARM embedded chip

Dell Latitude e4200 Laptop

Dell Lattitude e4200

Description: Dell have recently introduced 'Dell Latitude E-series' laptops. The two lightest-weight models (E4200 and E4300) now 
include exclusive innovations such as the Latitude ON feature - an ARM-based processor subsystem. This groundbreaking new  technology will provide access to the internet, email, calendar and contacts in seconds. In addition, it will facilitate instant boot-up for users and access to select applications, with multi-day battery lifetimes.

ARM CPU: ARM Cortex M3

Silicon Supplier: Broadcom BCM5880

Operating System: Windows Vista


  • Operating system:  Windows Vista
  • Display:  12.1" Premium, UltraSharp™ WXGA (1280 x 800) LED Display
  • Memory:   Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    1GB on board and one Memory slot offering up to a combined 5GB7
    1066MHz (running at 800MHz )
  • Battery:  4-cell prismatic primary battery or 6-cell extended primary battery; 6-cell high-capacity battery slice
  • Power supply:  45 Watt AC adapter, 65w Auto/Air/AC Travel Adapter
  • Connectivity Options: Wireless LAN
    Mobile Broadband3 & GPS
    Bluetooth & Ultra-Wideband
  • Security:  Smart Card Reader, Fingerprint Reader (optional), Dell
    ControlPoint Security Manager, Dell ControlVault, RSA SecurID® certified, TPM 1.2^9
  • Collaboration:  Audio x1 - speaker and microphone 
  • Input:   Touch pad/single point, Back-lit keyboard (optional)
  • Dimensions:  0.75-1.1" x 11.4-11.7" x 8.0" (19.2-26.8 x 11.7 290.6-296.5 x 204.0)
  • Starting weight: 2.2 lbs./1.0 kg (with 4-cell battery)     
  • Colour choices:  Coming soon
  • Key accessories: Choice of carrying cases, Dell M109S Projector; 3M Custom-fit LCD Privacy Filter and CoolSlice
  • Media Bay:  No internal optical; optional media base with DVD/RW or USB E-Media Bay


Broadcom Corporation and Microsoft are Connected Community Partners

Dell Latitude e4200 Laptop - ARM Powered Product
Dell Latitude e4200 Laptop

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

New Acer Aspire 3935 --

# Enter the World of Glamour with the Acer Aspire 3935
# Minimalist Design Meets Advanced Technology
# 2009-04-08 - New York Slim, light, glamorous, ultra-portable, great performer: a notebook with no compromises. It’s not a dream; it is the new Acer Aspire 3935, an ultra-portable notebook series less than one inch thick and with a 13.3-inch format that combines inimitable style with cutting-edge technologies.

The new Aspire 3935 is not simply another ultra-portable laptop. In designing the Aspire 3935, Acer created a notebook characterized by a distinctive personality that reflects the character and style of its owner. This personality is evident even in the choice of colour: a golden-brown that evokes both glamour and efficiency.

At the same time classy and high-tech, the Aspire 3935 does away with all excess providing an exceptionally comfortable user experience. Keys with a pearl gloss floating on the shiny base create an easy and effortless typing experience. Acer FineTip keyboard, with larger key caps and key gaps, makes typing even more natural. Touch sensitive hotkeys give you easy access to frequently used functions, while the multi-gesture touchpad offers scrolling, zooming and flipping functionalities.

But don’t let its chic and minimalist aspect deceive you: the Aspire 3935 is tough and ready to hit the road. Protected by a full metal structure with a brushed-metal finish, the Aspire 3935 is a must-have for your fully wireless lifestyle. Fully equipped with the most advanced communication options, you’ll always be a touch away from your contact: built-in Wi-Fi®/WiMAX™ functionalities supporting Acer SignalUp™ allow full connectivity for unprecedented mobility. In addition, on selected models, it can also be specified with a choice of embedded 3G wireless technologies for unlimited connectivity.
The Aspire 3935 is the true companion for a completely wireless life. The integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLite™ technology lets you easily set up video conferences with your business contacts or video chat with your friends and family.

The Aspire 3935 features a 13.3" HD 1366x768 pixel resolution, high-brightness Acer CineCrystal™ LCD with a super slim frameless design and a 16:9 aspect ratio for best viewing of high definition content. This format offers the perfect balance of comfortable viewing, seamless content creation, and great portability. Equipped with Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers and with 3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement, the Aspire 3935 delivers breathtaking audio that makes the most of high definition sound.

For hassle-free usage on the go, the Aspire 3935 integrates several energy saving features. The panel uses LED backlight technology that besides increasing readability in low-light conditions is mercury-free and reduces power consumption. For greater energy savings, the panel can be switched off. The Aspire 3935 features Acer SmartPower button, a power saving switch that takes a series of actions to reduce power consumption, giving you control over battery life. If equipped with an 8-cell battery, the Aspire 3935 will give you 8 hours of freedom from plugs and cables, for uninterrupted work or fun on the road.

Even in a compact size, the new notebook delivers impressive performance. The engine of the Aspire 3935 is the Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology featuring the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and Mobile Intel® GM45 Express chipset with integrated 3D graphics offering a richer digital entertainment experience and smooth multitasking. Up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory double the speed of system response enabling serious processing. The Aspire 3935 is available with or without optical drive and can be specified with a hard disk drive for greater storage or with a solid state drive for additional durability.
To protect your computer and your data from unauthorized access the Aspire 3935 can be equipped with Acer Bio-Protection, an adaptable fingerprint solution that not only offers biometric protection for your computer but ensures a convenient and personalized way to launch applications, favourite links and play-lists.

New Acer Aspire 3935 enters the Macbook Air Killers frail -- Engadget

Aspire 3935 -- Engadget
Aspire 3935: A 13.3-inch ultra portable with 1366 x 769 resolution LED-backlit LCD and Intel Core 2 Duo / GM45 express chipset. Features built-in Wi-Fi / WiMAX, up to 4GB DDR3 RAM, biometric fingerprints, and 8 hours of use with a 8-cell battery.
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Saturday, 4 April 2009

Dell Latitude E4200-E4300 and Linux Launchpad group reaches 20 memberships

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Thursday, 2 April 2009

Updated counts

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

New Toshiba Portege R500-R600 Linux Launchpad group

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Toshiba R500-R600 group?

toshiba r600 linux » Mobile Computing News
Toshiba takes pleasure in announcing its new laptop ‘Portege R600’, which is characterised by mobility and performance. This one has been designed with the executive’s needs and requirements in mind.

One can perceive the R600 as the upgraded version of the R500, with a lighter weight, but also more muscle to handle resource intensive tasks. The R600 falls in the category of ultra-light laptops. It weighs only 2.4lbs and has a 7mm DVD-SuperMulti drive, which adds to its overall capabilities. If compared to its old sibling, R500, the high-end Toshiba Portege R600 is much more powerful. The CPU speed has been enhanced from a 1.2Ghz mono-core to a 1.4Ghz Core Duo, RAM is upgraded from 1GB to 2GB, the upper memory ceiling has increased from 1.5GB max to 5GB max. Moreover, the R600 also features EasyGuard technology with PC Health monitor, extended battery life and enhanced backlit LED.

Carl Pinto, Vice President of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. said, “As Toshiba’s signature laptop PC, the Portégé R600 embodies the company’s rich tradition of mobile computing innovation. The Portégé R600 builds upon Toshiba’s legacy of innovation and delivers a superior mobile experience by providing performance, functionality and flexibility in an extremely lightweight form factor weighing 2.4 pounds.”

The Toshiba Portégé R600 also has a special toggle button which can be used to change the working environment depending on the surrounding lighting conditions. This allows the users to work indoors, as well as outdoors, without any hassles.

Updated counts -- Dell XPS M1730 may enter the list

There is a new 13inch Dell XPS M1730 with nvidia hybrid graphics that may enter the list if there are Linux users for it:

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