Low-Cost Computing Leads Linux Desktop Charge: Page 2

Posted January 30, 2008

Matt Hartley

Matt Hartley

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Zonbu's Everex notebook and the ASUS Eee

Then out of nowhere Everex comes back with a notebook of their own, this time using the Zonbu approach to pre-installed Linux. Unlike ASUS's approach with Xandros Linux, the Zonbu method is to make the PC completely idiot proof. This means the software is pre-installed, and cannot be removed or upgraded until the Zonbu service allows it to be.

Additional benefits include:

• Subscription computing. Subscribing to a payment plan much in the same way as you might with your mobile phone carrier, customers can save on their computer purchase along with gaining additional, subscriber only features.

• Redundant, off-site backup of your data. Imagine being able to take your notebook, toss it into a lake, call Zonbu for a replacement, only to find that your data is there, safe and sound? The idea may sound like science fiction. I call it science fact – Zonbu is doing this with Amazon's S3 servers.

On the flip side of what some might consider a successful idea, the biggest issue with the Zonbu Mini and their own Everex-powered notebook computer is a general lack of market attention. Because Everex has by and large missed the mark of the more advanced computer user with these Zonbu offerings, Everex was generally left in the dust.

Understand, I have tested the Zonbu notebook myself; it is great. However it is not going to touch the same type of user that ASUS has gone after with the small form factor enclosed around the Eee. And so, Everex responded accordingly with the announcement of a competing notebook product known simply as the Cloudbook.

Enter the Everex Cloudbook

The immense success seen with the gOS on Everex tower PCs – and Zonbu's own notebook offerings hitting home with the an entirely different group of users – allowed Everex to compete with ASUS and their Eee notebook series.

Unfortunately, it seems that Everex missed their target release date of January 25th, 2008. The official reason on the matter is that the Cloudbook release date has been bumped to February due to "system patching." Despite this, I have a feeling it will see the same excited reaction as the ASUS Eee did when it was initially released.

Which brings us to where I believe Linux PCs in general are headed. Future Linux adoption is with those looking for cost effective, value-based computing solutions. The only areas yet to be ironed out is whether users prefer a full-sized notebook like we see with the Zonbu notebook or something a bit more portable, such as the Eee or the Everex Cloudbook.

Those fine points aside, desktop Linux is here. Regardless of what various Windows using pundits might otherwise have you believe.

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