[clug] Dell and "latitude ON" 'instant boot' - no mention of Linux

Steve Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Mon Oct 5 23:05:40 MDT 2009


"Dell's solution, as applied to its newly announced Latitude E4200 and 
E4300, features a fully-dedicated, Linux-based system-on-a-chip 
subsystem consisting of a low-power ARM processor and flash memory that 
runs independent of your laptop's CPU and storage. The OS is based on 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and includes a Firefox-based browser 
with custom email, calendar, and contacts applications, MS Office and 
PDF viewers, and all the drivers required to make use of the laptop's 
hardware and HSDPA radios -- an Instant Messaging client and browser 
support for Flash and Java are in the works."

steve jenkin wrote:
> Standard Press Release hype reprinted by SMH?
> "Latitude Z" - ultra-thin, plus wide-screen. SSD only. $2800 base model.
> 1" thick, 2kg, 16" display. 1.4Ghz Core 2 duo, 2Gb + 64G SSD.
> <http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/wireless-charging-for-dells-latitude-z-20090929-game.html>
> Neat features:
> - wireless induction charging. but 30min slower & $395 extra.
> - recognise your face using a FaceAware feature via  webcam
>   - locks out the notebook when you step away.
> - The 2-megapixel webcam focuses automatically
>   - can recognise contact details on a business card.
> Don't you love how they carefully don't mention what powers 'Latitude ON'?
> Has to be Linux  :-) [anyone confirm?]
> "Another Dell feature the Latitude Z is introducing to the world is a
> module called Latitude ON.
> "It's basically a second low-power computer within a computer, or, as
> Dell calls it, a "spare tyre operating system".
> "Latitude ON boots up in an instant and has built-in software that lets
> you read common document formats, such as DOC, XLS, PPF and PDF.
> "The Latitude Z will be available from tomorrow (30-Sep-09), starting at
> $2799 for the entry-level model equipped with a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
> processor, 2GB of memory and 64GB SSD drive."

Steve Walsh
Vice President / SysAdmin Team member- Linux Australia
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