I played with Ubuntu 7.10 for awhile today and found myself longing for the “everything just works” experience of the Zonbu, so I put the Sandisk CF card back in and booted back in to Zonbu land.
One of the sites I wanted to test on the Zonbu OS stack was the embedded videos from 05.07.07 at http://www.needforspeed.com, in particular the video about vehicle dynamics research and the work done with Porsche in Germany. You can find it here: http://www.ea.com/prostreet/media.jsp?locale=us
The video stuttered under Ubuntu so I was curious to see if I had the same problem under the Zonbu OS which has a more optimized video driver. No such like, it stuttered in the exact same way and made it unenjoyable to watch.
If the Zonbu is going to become more mainstream then they need to make flash video (and all video) playback performance their #1 priority. The web is rapidly becoming all about embedded video for corporate, personal and recreational sites and right now the Zonbu strugles to keep up with playback in this arena. Some of this blame is probably to be lumped upon the lack of efficiency in the Linux flash code, but the end user isn’t interested in WHY it doesn’t work well, they just want it to work.