CES - New Cloudbook joins Linux ultra-mobile fray

Tiny laptops rush to market -- and this Ubuntu-based model's going to Wal-Mart

Its larger size -- 30GB vs. the Eee's 4GB solid-state flash memory or the XO's 1GB -- allows users to more easily install Windows XP and applications such as Office in addition to the gOS environment, which takes up about 1GB including applications, Liu said.

The gOS is also used in Everex's US$199 "green" gPC desktop computer. About 10,000 gPCs were sold during the Christmas season, its first, Liu said. It will be used in several low-cost notebook and mini-desktop computers from Everex that are expected about the same time as the CloudBook's release, he said.

Being able to compute in the cloud depends on the presence of Internet connectivity. And Asus said earlier this week that future versions of the Eee will come with built-in WiMax connectivity, which, where available, has a longer range than Wi-Fi.

Asked whether Everex will do the same in upcoming models of the CloudBook, Liu said, "I have a feeling that Everex and Asus will be staying competitive with each other."

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Eric Lai

Computerworld

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