Gavin W. Burris on 20 Dec 2010 17:36:23 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Need Advice: Netbook for Christmas?

A netbook is all I use.  I carry it everywhere.  When I'm at a desk, I
plug in an LCD monitor.  I remote into rack-mounted equipment via
SSH/VNC otherwise.  The keyboard on a 10" netbook is very near full
keyboard size.

I had an ASUS Eee PC 1000, and now have a Dell Latitude 2100.  Both work
perfectly with a fresh install of Fedora 13.  If I were to buy a new
one, I would get another 2100, or maybe the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK
then swap in an SSD.

I think the only reason to go bigger for a laptop would be video editing
or gaming.  I have a Mac for video editing, and I gave up gaming quite a
while ago.


On 12/20/2010 08:16 PM, Casey Bralla wrote:
> I've been considering using some (well, all of it, actually) of my Christmas 
> loot to buy a netbook.  But I'm worried that I may find a netbook too slow and 
> confining.  What does the group think?  Are they "worth it"?
> Here is what I'm looking for in a netbook:
> 1.  Excellent portability
> 2.  Long battery life (should be able to fly to Europe (~ 6 hours) on a 
> battery charge
> 3.  Linux (natch)
> I don't have anything really "practical" I want to do with it.  It would 
> really be a toy, but hopefully a toy with some utility.  I'll want to do some 
> surfing, maybe some real work (in short spurts) and also use it as a fancy 
> iPod music player.  (playing flac files, of course)
> I don't want a tablet because I want a true keyboard, even if it is smaller 
> than most notebooks.
> I've got my eye on an Asus with a dual-core atom.  By the time I buy the extra 
> GByte of RAM and a bluetooth mouse (I hate track pads), it will be in the $350 
> range.
> However, I could also bust my budget and get a budget laptop for $450.  This 
> would give more performance, but less portability and shorter battery life.
> My fear is that the netbook will be cool to play with for a while, but will 
> simply be too confining (too slow, too small a screen) to hold my interest.
> Has anyone bought a netbook recently?  How do you feel about 6 months later?  
> Would you buy one again if you had it to do over again?

Gavin W. Burris
Senior Systems Programmer
Information Security and Unix Systems
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
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