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    Phoronix: Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook

    While there are many netbooks on the market from a variety of different vendors, for the most part they are composed of the same hardware. They generally carry an Intel Atom processor with a solid-state drive or hard drive, 1GB or so of memory, and an 8" to 10" screen. One area though where these netbooks can differentiate is with the operating system. While Microsoft's Windows XP continues to be used on a large number of netbook computers, when it comes to those vendors deploying Linux each usually has a slightly different flavor. ASUS prefers a spin of Xandros on their Eee PC, there is Linpus, gOS, and many others are out there. When it comes to Dell with their popular Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, they happen to be using Ubuntu but with a few modifications. In preparations for an article later this week where we will be extensively looking at Ubuntu's netbook performance, in this article we are taking a closer look at Dell's Inspiron Mini 9.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13696

  • #2
    Does this device have an ugly poulsbo chipset?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by The Review
      Intel GMA 950 graphics
      No.

      It's a shame Intel won't support Poulsbo properly on Linux, it's a great chipset.

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      • #4
        The Dell Mini 10 has a GMA 500 (=Poulsbo) afaik. If it wouldn't be for that it would be pretty much the perfect netbook.

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        • #5
          Hooray for sticking with 8.04. Nothing wrong with that.

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          • #6
            Michael, Please do a test trying to play a 720p H.264 file using VLC and Totem (Gstreamer and Xine).

            The Dell Mini 10 has a GMA 500 (=Poulsbo) afaik. If it wouldn't be for that it would be pretty much the perfect netbook.
            Indeed, but there is still hope Intel will fix this situation in the future.

            I hope NVIDIA ION plays well, too.

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            • #7
              Actually, the article is incorrect on one thing - the mini9 ships with both evince and adobe pdf readers, and you can choose which to use. Additionally, you have to agree to an adobe licence agreement before you can use it. I chose to uninstall adobe.

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              • #8
                backlit -> backlight on page 2

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hobbes View Post
                  Michael, Please do a test trying to play a 720p H.264 file using VLC and Totem (Gstreamer and Xine).



                  Indeed, but there is still hope Intel will fix this situation in the future.

                  I hope NVIDIA ION plays well, too.
                  Uhm, isn't this a netbook with 4Gb of solid state hard drive. After the OS how much room is left for 720p video?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eric.frederich View Post
                    Uhm, isn't this a netbook with 4Gb of solid state hard drive.
                    It's an 8GB SSD,
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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