Wednesday Apr 01, 2009

Toshiba laptops preinstalled with OpenSolaris now available (in the US)

Sun is partnering with Toshiba to provide a better laptop experience with Toshiba laptops pre-installed with OpenSolaris. I got the smaller R600 laptop last Friday (thanks Dan! :) and I have to say that it's pretty sweet. It weights only about 1 kg and the battery lasts pretty long (3.5-4 hours) and the performance is really good for such as small laptop! OpenSolaris indeed was preinstalled and I could just finish the installation by specifying few details such as username and password and it was ready to use, with many additional applications pre-installed. 

I also ran the Device Driver Utility and found out that most of the hardware in this Toshiba is actually Intel hardware. As you probably know, Intel is another partner of OpenSolaris, and thus OpenSolaris works pretty well on these Toshibas, including suspend/resume (it resumes when you close the lid and power button is pressed to awake the OS - it takes 5-8 seconds to resume).

Today we are announcing that 2 models of Toshiba laptops are available for ordering, currently in the US only. Additional countries will be added soon with UK on top of the list.

For more information visit: http://www.opensolaris.com/toshibanotebook

Sorry can't blog more now, I have to go back to playing with my new cool laptop :)

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