Thursday, 17 January 2008

Smallest x86 PC runs Ubuntu Linux

We are hitting the Mobile Arena no doubt, all devices are being so freaken portable and so freaken conncted.
The MTube a Taiwanese portable x86 based Tablet with IP Tv capabilities + TV Recording is just released by the Taiwanese government sponsored R&D efforts running Ubuntu Linux on 1GHz Processor.

Shown off at the Lunch@Piero's 2008 event at CES, the 5.3-ounce MTube measures 3.3 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches (8.3 x 8.3 x 2cm), and sports a 2.8-inch VGA (640 x 480) touch panel display. There's built-in WiFi, with optional WiMax and HSDPA cellular networking via USB adapters.

The MTube was shown decoding a simulated digital TV (DVB-T) broadcast. It was also shown streaming video to a wirelessly connected digital photo frame. Perhaps most impressively, it was shown playing YouTube video -- a capability that has proven to be a challenge for Linux-based tablets based on non-x86 architectures, such as Nokia's ARM11-based N800 and N810 (although a new firmware release for the Nokia devices aims to change that).
I still can not run YoutTube on my N770 Tablet -;((((

The basic specs revealed so far for the MTube are:

* Processor: Via 1GHz C7-M
* 256MB of RAM
* I/O: Built-in WiFi, USB-based WiMax, USB-based HSDPA
* Codecs: MPEG, H.264, WMV, RMVB, MOV, FLV, DIVX
* Display: 2.8-inch touch panel (640x480)
* Hard disk: 8GB
* Battery life: 4 hours
* Dimension: 3.3 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches (8.5 x 8.5 x 2 cm)
* Weight: 5.3 ounces (150 grams)
* Operating system: Tailored Ubuntu Linux

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