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  • Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook

    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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                    • #11
                      Hi All,

                      I'm looking for a much larger screen than 9".

                      Is there such a critter out there?

                      I run Linux, of course.

                      JJMacey
                      Phoenix, Arizona

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                      • #12
                        I really admire dell efforts to promote linux on some computers, too bad its on USA only

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                        • #13
                          It's available in several countries in Europe too.

                          And it's a nice machine. We have maybe 6 or 7 of them in the company, and it's a great performance/price value. 8Gb SSD with Ubuntu, working fast, booting fast, no noise, good battery life (almost 5 hours) with a great weight (1kg). And we chose it because they didn't choose an exotic linux distro with some locks. Sure, the LPIA version of Ubuntu is only for Hardy, and all packages are not available. But we customized it with a Cherokee web server and couples of other things, it was really easy and without hacking stuffs.

                          And the 10" version is said to have Ubuntu soon. However I have some concerns about the battery, currently it's only a 3 cells, the 6 cells should arrive soon, but the weight will also increase. Dell will also announce a professional 10" soon, I'm curious to see this model. Until then, we are sticking with this 9".

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                          • #14
                            On Dells German Website I can only find the Mini 9 and Mini 12 (Interesting: it's called to have an GMA500 in the tech details?!) with Ubuntu - no big Notebooks, no Desktops any more. Am I only to stupid to find them?

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                            • #15
                              Im wondering if I can easily put the Netbook remix on my Mini 9. It is currently waiting for me at home, was just delivered today!

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