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Dutch UMPC runs Ubuntu Linux

Apr 8, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Dutch integrator Van Der Led (VDL) Designs has announced a clone of the Asus Eee PC ultra-mini PC (UMPC) notebook. The WiFi-enabled “Jisus” UMPC is equipped with a Chinese-made 1GHz Loongson CPU, has an 8.9-inch display, and runs Ubuntu Linux.

The unusual name may be intended to remind shoppers of Asus, the better-known brand responsible for the popular Eee mini-notebook. Or, it may be derived from the device's Loongson 2F CPU: the Loongson was code-named “Godson” by its developers in the CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in the People's Republic of China. The Linux-oriented CPU is based on a derivative of the MIPS64 architecture, albeit without patented portions, such as unaligned 32-bit load/store support.


Five designs of the Jisus
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Like the 900MHz Asus Eee PC 4G, the Jisus is equipped with 512MB RAM, 4GB of flash, Ethernet, WiFi, a webcam, and stereo speakers. However, it offers only two USB ports instead of three. The mini-notebook sports a larger 8.9-inch display like the newly announced Asus Eee PC 900, but it's limited to the original's 800 x 480 VGA resolution instead of the 900's 1024 x 600 display. The display is controlled by a Silicon Motions SM712 graphics processor.

At $470, the Jisus is priced closer to the $400 Eee PC 4G than to the $600 Eee PC 900, which also added more RAM (1GB) and flash storage (8-12GB). The notebook comes in a variety of colors and designs, and was integrated in the Netherlands with components fabricated both locally and in other countries, says VDL Designs, a Dutch technology integrator and online retailer that specializes in LED lighting.


Asus Eee PC 900
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VDL Designs lists the following specifications for the Jisus:

  • Processor — 1GHz 64-Bit Loongson 2F
  • Memory — 512MB DDR2-667
  • Flash — 4GB Nand flash
  • Display — 8.9-inch LCD (800 x 480 pixels) with LED backlighting; Silicon Motions SM712 graphics; VGA port
  • Networking — 1 x 10/100 Ethernet (Realtek 8139 contoller); RJ45 port
  • WiFi — 1 x 802.11b/g
  • USB — 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Audio — 1 x mic port; 1 x two-channel earphone port; stereo speakers
  • Battery — 4.5 hours
  • Operating system — Ubuntu Linux (other Linux distros possible)

Availability

The Jisus will be released in Europe on April 25th, says VDL Designs, and will be in stock on May 25th, for a price of 300 Euros (currently about $470). More information may be found here.


 
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