[Offtopic] DEECD Notebooks
dstefyn at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 21:57:32 EST 2007
This looks like the Asustek Eee_PC, set to use Xandros Linux.
Linux distribution aside (what benefit was there in choosing Xandros
anyway??), other reports indicate this laptop is getting released in
Australia as of this month (September). Any further reports on this could
On 8/31/07, Roland Gesthuizen <rgesthuizen at gmail.com> wrote:
> TinyURL blocked? (ROTFL)
> Article attached. Not sure what flavour Linux the are using. Ubuntu
> Regards Roland
> On 31/08/2007, Cameron Bell <bell.cameron.p at edumail.vic.gov.au> wrote:
> > Heh heh, funny you should mention that. I have already upped the RAM and
> > HDD on mine and will need to return it "as was".
> > I can't believe it, but our ISP has blocked tinyurl - I assume you are
> > referring to the UMPC from Asustek? We are most definitely considering
> > using them. We were lead to believe that Acer was to have some
> > available this year for review and assessment, but that has fallen
> > through so we await to see who is first on the market with a UMPC. It
> > would be preferable to spend $200 on ICT access than $1000+ per pair
> > with laptops.
> > Bet there will be lots of people who try to apply laptop/desktop
> > methodology to them and reject them outright.
> > Cheers
> > Cameron
> > Roland Gesthuizen wrote:
> > > I did hear from one teacher that you just remove the HDD and pop in a
> > > new one that is much larger (Say 120 Gb+) Keep the old HDD or use in
> > > a portable usb2 hdd box. This would set you back by around $100. Of
> > > course you would need to replace everything at the end of the laptop
> > > cycle and your new HDD would not be covered by the laptop warranty.
> > >
> > > I notice that there are some super cheap laptops now out that come
> > > with Linux for just a couple of hundred dollars. Imagine if schools
> > > would consider using something like these as entry level hardware for
> > > staff or students?
> > > http://tinyurl.com/2f8v4z (Age news report)
> > >
> > > Regards Roland
> > >
> > > On 28/08/2007, *Cameron Bell* < bell.cameron.p at edumail.vic.gov.au
> > > <mailto:bell.cameron.p at edumail.vic.gov.au >> wrote:
> > >
> > > <disillusionment>
> > > Is it just me or are you finding that the notebooks DEECD lease
> > are
> > > struggling to keep up?
> > > I have put a Gig of RAM in the R51 (up from default 512) I have
> > and
> > > because at any given time I am running a virtual box, a remote
> > desktop
> > > session for admin, plus email plus online marking, the thing is
> > > having a
> > > hernia. I don't even bother with Clickview videos.
> > > I was thinking of getting a Macbook in the next rollout, but I
> > have
> > > severe doubts that they would be any better, especially given the
> > > miniscule partition size you are left with if you install XP as
> > > well. (I
> > > would need 3 partitions to take any advantage of getting a Mac -
> > > Ubuntu,
> > > OSX and XP)
> > >
> > > At least in NSW teachers can lease the Macbook Pro. Would be good
> > > if we
> > > at least had an option of getting a reasonably speccd machine.
> > Many
> > > users wouldn't need it, but I reckon that if you include all the
> > > graphics teachers, multimedia, or other "power users" (I hate that
> > > term)
> > > across the state, it could justify a choice.
> > > Cheers
> > > Cameron
> > >
> > > </ disillusionment>
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