2010.next: a better netbook for meetings

I recently borrowed one of the 10" netbooks that came out this year, and tested Build 123 on it. Here's a shot of Toshiba's sleek black NB205 displaying a clean Device Driver Utility run.

nb205

The NB205 has a keyboard on par with the r500 I use regularly—large for a netbook—and has a superior trackpad. Suspend-resume is reliable; compiz runs well; the extra vertical inch means fewer application compromises over last year's netbook crop. (For instance, rather than rearranging panel to the sides, use of gnome-panel's auto-hide feature is enough to let applications run well when maximized.)

If I don't have to give it back, it'll be my new "netbook for meetings".

Netbook styling credit to Dave Powell.

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Comments:

Very cool netbook!

Posted by Felipe Cerda on September 24, 2009 at 09:09 AM PDT #

Now if only we could order these with OpenSolaris by default!

Posted by che kristo on September 24, 2009 at 11:56 AM PDT #

It's hardly "sleek" with that much bezel around the screen, it looks more like one of those toy laptops you'd buy for your kids.

Posted by Fisher Price on September 28, 2009 at 02:15 AM PDT #

@fisher - But for $341 on Amazon, it's easy to overlook its non-Eamesian styling. Actually from the product shots I see on Amazon, it does look quite slim and the design is tidy overall.

Posted by Dan "not Fisher" Price on September 28, 2009 at 02:18 PM PDT #

I have an NB too (NB200-SP2904) with b123, but it doest't have the suspend option.

And I have not seen a place to enable it.

What is the difference?

Please take a look on other comments about the machine on:
http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=112293&tstart=0
and
http://defect.opensolaris.org/bz/show_bug.cgi?id=11630

Anyway the machine is cool and I'm quite happy with it.

regards
- Pablo

Posted by Pablo on September 29, 2009 at 01:59 PM PDT #

@Pablo: You need to add a line or two to /etc/power.conf. I believe "S3-support enable" and "autoS3 enable" are the necessary lines.

Posted by Stephen on September 30, 2009 at 04:39 AM PDT #

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