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    Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    I'm thinking of buying a new mobile computer that would replace my laptop. I need a good computer that can be carried around, works well with Ubuntu, has a webcam, will suffice as my main and only machine. I am a student who does not play games and who does not like to run windows. What I want to do with my computer is to take notes in school, IM, Video Call, IRC, PIM, play music, use office suites, and browse the web.

    I was thinking of buying the Eee PC earlier but I changed my mind because I can't live with an Eee PC alone (I will have to give my laptop away if I buy a new computer) because of its relatively low specifications.

    A local vendor is selling the Blue H1 UMPC. I think, it is just a rebranded Gigabyte UMPC. The problem is that, I do not know if it will work well with Ubuntu. First of all, its hardware is not very popular. Second of all, it is a tablet computer. Do touch screen devices work well with Ubuntu?

    What do you think?
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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    Quote Originally Posted by wersdaluv View Post
    I'm thinking of buying a new mobile computer that would replace my laptop. I need a good computer that can be carried around, works well with Ubuntu, has a webcam, will suffice as my main and only machine. I am a student who does not play games and who does not like to run windows. What I want to do with my computer is to take notes in school, IM, Video Call, IRC, PIM, play music, use office suites, and browse the web.

    I was thinking of buying the Eee PC earlier but I changed my mind because I can't live with an Eee PC alone (I will have to give my laptop away if I buy a new computer) because of its relatively low specifications.

    A local vendor is selling the Blue H1 UMPC. I think, it is just a rebranded Gigabyte UMPC. The problem is that, I do not know if it will work well with Ubuntu. First of all, its hardware is not very popular. Second of all, it is a tablet computer. Do touch screen devices work well with Ubuntu?

    What do you think?
    I'm thinking no. The drivers on the website appear to be windows-only. That means linux is far from a guarentee.

    They do have a support email address, and you could ask.

    it looks as though they have a lot of nifty devices, A gps, a tv tuner, a webcam, and a touchscreen. it would suck to install ubuntu and find out none of it works.

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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    Eee pc rocks.. installed eeexubuntu my testimonial on here - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=651049&page=2

    I have two other laptops as described in signature below but i am using this as a main and even installed eclipse on it to develop apps in java and also doing PHP and MYSQL install today.
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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    The core spec isn't significantly higher than the Eee.

    But the price will be.

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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    Okay. So it's NOT practical.

    Thanks for the input!

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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    Well, I'm using an Eee PC right now. It works perfectly fine even with the default Debian Etch and I use it every day. I don't compile stuff on it though, since I don't want to fill the drive with crud. Instead, I have a VM with Deban Etch on another machine, that I can use to prepare a .deb for it. I could of course use an external HDD with it, but the whole idea of this thing is portability, so I don't.

    BTW, the 'low' specs of an Eee PC is not really a problem. A few years ago, I had an IBM Stinkpad with lesser specs and I ran Linux on that one too - till it got stolen.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    Quote Originally Posted by wersdaluv View Post
    I was thinking of buying the Eee PC earlier but I changed my mind because I can't live with an Eee PC alone (I will have to give my laptop away if I buy a new computer) because of its relatively low specifications.
    I dont get it. Why would you have to give your laptop away? The eee pc seems like a good fit for what you want, but no touch screen. If you want a touch screen, you are probly going to pay a fair amount for a tablet-laptop. I have no idea if they work with ubuntu or not.

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    Re: Is it practical to buy this UMPC?

    Quote Originally Posted by jinx099 View Post
    I dont get it. Why would you have to give your laptop away? The eee pc seems like a good fit for what you want, but no touch screen. If you want a touch screen, you are probly going to pay a fair amount for a tablet-laptop. I have no idea if they work with ubuntu or not.
    The touch screen is not so important to me. I can get a lappy without touch screen and still be contented.

    If my dad was to buy me a new computer, I need to give this lappy to my mom because we have so many computers already.
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