Linux, the Open Source OS platform, is making inroads into the mainstream desktop OS market and fast becoming a popular alternative to the big brother Windows. With popular distros like Ubuntu and Fedora leading the charge, the desktop OS market is set to witness some serious change of terrain in the coming years. The popularity of Linux is also in part due to more and more hardware manufacturers shipping their wares with one flavor or the other of it installed. Below are 5 of some of the most popular Linux powered devices of 2009.
ASUS Eee PC 900 8.9-Inch Netbook (Intel Mobile Processor, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, Linux, 4 Cell Battery) Pearl White
The Eee PC is one of the most popular brands in the netbook market. This model, very popular with students is powered by an Intel 900 MHz mobile CPU, a 20GB solid- state flash memory and 1GB memory. It has 54g Wi-Fi(802.11b/g). It comes with lots of Open Source apps including the popular Openoffice productivity suite. It has 3 USB 2.0, VGA output and SD card reader. In short, all the functions you are used to in a full fledged laptop can be found on this device. In short this Linux powered mobile device is a full fledged laptop in a small body
This model of Archos is quite new but is making waves among multimedia lovers, with some touting it as the Android powered rival to the Ipod Touch. It spots a cool 250GB of storage capacity, enough to store over 120,000 songs I believe. It has 4.8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen, an 800 x 480 pixel resolution with 16 million colors. For video support, it easily handles MPEG-4, WMV, and M-JPEG; Audio support: MP3, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA pro 5.1, WAV; plug-ins available for further video and audio format support. There is also Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity. For browsing the internet, you have Opera preinstalled with Adobe Flash 9 video support. Archos is simply superb and has rightly earned its popularity among media lovers like myself.
The N810 is an upgrade to the other popular N800 internet tablet. It features the popular Mozilla browser for a full Web 2.0 browsing experience compatible with Gizmo, Gtalk and Skype. It spots a 2GB built in memory expandable via miniSD and microSD cards and 128MB DRam. There is also an integrated GPS navigator, a front facing camera, and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. I used to have the N800 and it really was a wonder gadget. No wonder Nokia leads the way in the mobile market. I hope to get myself this device sometime in the future.
The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC offersyou all the functionality of a notebook PC in a netbook. It features it an 8.9-inch scratch-resistant display with a WXGA resolution, a VIA C7-M ULV processor with a speed of 1.0 GHz speed, 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a 128 KB L2 cache. It comes with a 4GB SS flash storage, 512MB of Ram to a maximum of 2GB and 667 MHz speed. For connectivity, you have a 54g wireless LAN that’s fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks and Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000). One of the reasons why I believe this device has been very popular is because of the Suse Linux it comes preinstalled with. Go Linux go!
This model of the popular Acer Aspire One, released today at Amazon, is set to continue with the popularity of the Aspire One. You can choose to have it installed with Android and comes with Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, 1024 MB DDR2 SDRAM Single Channel Memory, 160 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 3 – USB 2.0 Ports, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (5800 mAh), 2.79 lbs. | 1.27 kg (system unit only). Though this model is to be released today (28/9/2009), I included it because of the popularity of the Aspire One among netbook users.
These are just five of some of the most popular Linux preinstalled mobile devices available today. Linux is set to make some impact and the abundance of its preinstallation on netbooks is an attestation to this fact. Some people may disagree with me, but all in all, Linux is set to gain more popularity in the coming years.
What other Linux powered devices can you add to the list?