[IAEP] information - 65 uk pounds (90 euros) laptop report

Jim Gettys jg at laptop.org
Wed Jul 30 13:49:06 EDT 2008

Heh.  A 400mhz mips can do just fine, thank you very much.  200mhz
strong arms are also useful.

A much bigger question that has a strong influence on utility is whether
the chip has an FPU - free software depends on that for most of the
codecs and other code on a laptop, as people got sloppy once x86's had
FPU's and it is pretty scattered through lots of libraries and

It is also one of the major reasons why we chose the Geode: at the time
we did, there were no other low cost chips which had FPU's; that
situation is certainly changing.
                      - Jim

On Wed, 2008-07-30 at 18:39 +0100, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM, Christoph Derndorfer
> <e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> > Sameer Verma schrieb:
> >> alan c wrote:
> >>> extract:
> >>> Taiwanese vendor Carapelli has taken the wraps off what it claims is
> >>> the world's cheapest laptop, coming in at just £65.
> >>>
> >>> The Impulse NPX-9000, which has a seven inch screen, is light on
> >>> specifications with a 400MHz processor,
> >>
> >> Its a 400 MHz MIPS processor, not an x86. I have a 450MHz MIPS that runs
> >> reasonably well as a server (Cobalt Qube 2) with 128MB RAM. See
> >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIPS_architecture for MIPS processors.
> >> Incidentally, support for Cobalt Qube 2 ran out years ago, so I run
> >> Debian on it.
> >
> > As I've previously said elsewhere:
> >
> > You're not going to have too much fun with that 400 MHz MIPS processor.
> > Even if the Linux distro running on this machine (did anyone see which
> > one it is?) is heavily optimized the system is going to pretty damn slow
> > compared to the Geode LX700 in the XO or other low-cost x86 laptops when
> > it comes to overall system performance.
> We still can improve performance a *lot*. Are we really doing anything
> that isn't possible to do on such a slow processor? All that
> performance work would benefit the faster platforms as well.
> If someone was interested in improving cairo, X, gtk, python, etc
> performance on such platforms, everybody would win.
> Regards,
> Tomeu
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Jim Gettys <jg at laptop.org>
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