Interested in Fedora on Smaller Machines?
jreznik at redhat.com
Wed Aug 13 07:58:16 UTC 2008
definitely nice idea to establish new SIG because small factor computers needs something else than standard laptops/workstations. I think it's not about hardware support. Yes, we need hardware support, but still drivers are only drivers and support of newer hardware is necessary for "notspinned" Fedora too. What is really interesting on these devices and especially what is the genial idea is UI. I like default Xandros on EEE because it's really easy to use it. Nice combination of "big" computer with PDA. Even my mum is able to use EEE without any problems. This is first computer aimed to PEOPLE! If you want to watch your TV, you are not clicking on some "start/gnome/kde" menu, locating TV station, confirming bunch of dialogs. You just turn on the TV! So without some user interface it's just smaller computer, nothing more, nothing less. It's shame from Asus to sell EEE with basic XP installation (and there is already EEE UI for Windows...).
So if we want to make small factor computers spin, the right way is definitely to develop something more than just only basic hardware support that should go to standard Fedora repos...
----- "Jeremy Katz" <katzj at redhat.com> wrote:
> Smaller form-factor machines such as the Asus eeePC have gotten a
> bit of the tech press spotlight of late. Have you bought one with
> idea of running Fedora on it? Or have you thought about doing so?
> I'm trying to gauge the interest in starting a SIG with the purpose
> making distribution changes to make running on these devices more
> streamlined and have more work "out of the box". This will involve
> the necessary work to just get the hardware working well with Fedora
> today as well as possibly a spin that is explicitly targeted at some
> the constraints of the hardware down the line.
> If enough people are interested, I'd like to find a time later this
> or next week to have an initial meeting to kind of figure out what
> bounds we want to tackle things in for the first pass. Hardware that
> think definitely falls into the scope would be: netbooks, UMPCs,
> maybe the XO? I've started up a page on the wiki
> (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/JeremyKatz/Netbooks) that people can
> and then we can go from there
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