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fred the wise
April 14th, 2009, 02:54 PM
"This is our smallest processor built with the world's smallest transistors. The Intel® Atom™ processor is based on an entirely new design, built for low power and designed specifically for a new wave of Mobile Internet Devices and simple, low-cost PC's. This small wonder is a fundamental new shift in design, small yet powerful enough to enable a big Internet experience on these new devices. We believe it will unleash new innovation across the industry."
– Intel Executive Vice President Sean Maloney
Could it be the right choice for netbooks or only a way to decrease costs and consume less power...?
April 14th, 2009, 03:15 PM
It's actually both.
Since the Intel Atom is a lower-end processor (Not Dual Core, not for a designer, etc.) It means you're getting great energy consumption out of it. Intel is also able to produce this processor pretty cheaply because of technology gains in chip production.
For the end consumer, it means a laptop that is able to be sold on the cheap, albeit with less power than a Dual Core. And for instance, a Dell Mini w/ the Intel Atom processor with Ubuntu is said to get 6 hours of battery life. This is much better than most laptops with Ubuntu, unless you have a huge battery.
Typically, these netbooks are built for browsing, email, word processing, etc. You will get similar results of a Ubuntu install on a Pentium 3 or 4 with a substantial amount of Ram- you don't notice what you're missing until you try some serious computing task...
Hope this helps,
fred the wise
April 14th, 2009, 03:32 PM
So, does an eventual Ubuntu integration interfere with the power consumption?
I don't think so...but it needs to be implemented in the OS?
April 14th, 2009, 03:33 PM
The newest atom's are dual core too.
April 14th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Ubuntu and every other distro has to essentially reverse engineer laptop manufacturers hardware for power consumption, very tricky to do. In recent years they have done quite a bit...But since 99.99% of all Laptops are crafted with Windows in mind, it's still a royal pain...
I didn't realize the new Atoms were dual core, very cool...
fred the wise
April 14th, 2009, 04:07 PM
ahahah...thanks for your answers...
April 14th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Ubuntu and every other distro has to essentially reverse engineer laptop manufacturers hardware for power consumption, very tricky to do.
Are you sure that's the case with Intel? They are normally very Linux friendly.Take Moblin as an example.
April 14th, 2009, 04:48 PM
Well, you have to remember that when Dell and Ubuntu got together to throw a distro on a laptop, a lot can be better, and issues get resolved FASTER... On those Mini's, they come with all the settings for minimum wear on the SSD's webcam drivers, Adobe Flash, etc...
But when you buy some HP that comes with Vista pre installed, there will probably be some power issues in a Linux Distro...
So yes, Intel, by partnering with Open Source WILL do wonders for power consumption...
But the problem still exists when trying to get Linux running on hardware that was built for another OS...
Just my .02
April 14th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Ubuntu 9.04 runs very well on Atom netbooks like the eee and mini 9. You have your choice of either the "regular" i386 build or lpia (low power intel architecture). Intel is putting all the Atom "secrets" into the Moblin distro, which isn't targeted at end users so much as showcasing new features that will trickle down into Ubuntu (and other distros) over the next 6-12 months. Also, my understanding is that recent versions of the Linux kernel itself (2.6.29 and newer) have good built in support for the Atom.
I've owned two Atom based netbooks. Both get 3-4 hours of battery life with Ubuntu and are plenty powerful for email, web surfing, listening to music, etc.
April 14th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Really interesting stuff, thanks snowpine...
I personally am going to get a Netbook over the summer and use it for daily tasks, and then just link up at home and work on my desktops for more rigorous tasks, so the more Intel shares, the better for me!
April 14th, 2009, 06:29 PM
I have been running xubuntu 9.4 on my eeepc 1000. I have been doing some blender modeling in coffeeshops and putting blend file in the sd card and rendering on my quad-core desktop at home. I have photoshop 7,winamp, and apophysis running on wine with no problems. No sound in amarok? so winamps great. Compiz works but I have to load compiz fusion icon and reload window manager each boot. The atom processor replaces a p4 2gz dell laptop no problem. I keep on charger at home and don't even take power supply to coffee shops where seats with no power plugs are almost always open. atoms rock.
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