February 10, 2008
Well this is interesting, someone has removed us from the external links section on the Zonbu Wiki pedia entry.
Given that we’re provided, arguably, the most detailed third party coverage of the product/service, both good and bad, I find that curious.
I continue to be very busy at work with an IPTV deployment, but will be providing an udpate on the Beauty and her experience with the Zonbook soon.
She has used it as her only PC for a few months now and has some good feedback. Hopefully I will be able to share that this week.
February 4, 2008
Zonbu posted a new release yesterday, the details below. A lot of things I was hoping to see haven’t emerged yet. I’m downloading it now, I’ll share some thoughts in a bit.
Certainly, in what is now a crowded space, I would have expected webcam support to be a top priority…
Version 7.1176 – released 2007-02-03
January 24, 2008
News.com has a good post on the emergence of ultra low cost, Linux based, PCs.
Linux is not just for computer whizzes.
In fact, buying Linux and learning how to use it are easier than ever, thanks to the open-source operating system’s expanding presence in affordable computers and mainstream retail outlets.
Really what we’re seeing is the emergence of Firefox as a platform/OS, rather than Linux. To be honest, the principle use of these machines is as low cost web devices. The Zonbu suddenly has A LOT of company, and only a small number of things to set it apart.
Now if it had stellar video performance and Rhapsody support, they would have some bragging rights, but as it stands, the shelves are getting awfully crowded. Which is unfortunate, I think Zonbu has a lot of subtle things going for it, but it is going to get lost in the crowd without some real innovative partnerships and applications.
More here: http://www.news.com/Five-reasons-not-to-fear-a-200-Linux-PC/2100-1044_3-6227419.html?tag=nefd.top
January 21, 2008
My apologies, I’m quite busy at work and can’t post as frequently at the moment. On the upside I’m neck deep in some very interesting IPTV stuff.
I did come across an interesting article on the 22-year-old behind the gOS distribution that is shipping on PCs at a competing price point with the Zonbu that I wanted to share:
I’m also really looking forward to the next Zonbu release, which I understand from company comments in their forum is expected in mid-February. Here is hoping that web cam support is finally working.
January 14, 2008
Zonbu is really on to something organizing transparent online storage in partnership with the Amazon S3 storage cloud. They aren’t the only ones doing it however.
While not nearly as slick as the transparent integration that the Zonbu OS offers, ZManda, a commercial service, is now offering corporate users the ability to backup to S3, in addition to tape and optical media.
Will it be much longer before someone does a tool for Ubuntu and other popular distributions that allows the end user to create folders and entire backups directly to S3 from the desktop?
You can read more over at DownloadSquad.com: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/01/11/zmanda-offers-backup-to-amazons-s3/
Or on the ZManda website: http://www.zmanda.com/
January 9, 2008
Over at CNET’s CES Coverage area they have a bief update on the Everex Cloudboox running gOS. Take a look here:
On the hardware side, the $199 gPC is getting updated with new plastics. It will be joined by a slick mini PC at $499 and a $399 notebook with a 15.4″ screen, the gBook. All of the gOS machines are powered by Via chips, except the mini, which gets a dual-core Pentium (not Core 2 Duo).
The real news, though, is the Everex CloudBook, a 2-pound ultra-small laptop with a 7″ screen, 30GB hard drive, a Webcam, and good connectivity (WiFi, 3 USB ports, 4-in-1 card reader). It “out-specs” the Asus ePC, according to Everex, and will sell for $399 when it shows up at WalMart on January 20th.
January 8, 2008
I was reading Esquire the other day, great magazine by the way. Occasionally a bit pretentious but really excellent non-fiction and fiction articles every month. Its the kind of magazine that makes you think.
What jumped out at me was that their resident gadget author, film director Barry Sonnenfeld, had some very kind words for the Rhapsody subscription service I’ve been singing the praises of (and saying should be bundled with the Zonbu). I’ll let you read for yourself:
Rhapsody Sansa e280R
Lyle Lovett and Toots and the Maytals recently released new albums, and Sweetie and I downloaded them from the Rhapsody Internet-music-subscription service (rhapsody.com). Since I liked them both, I transferred them to the incredibly small Sansa e280R MP3 player ($150). So long as I keep up my $15-a-month subscription, I can download any of the four million songs on Rhapsody without ever buying one. I thought it would be stupid to rent songs instead of owning them, but in reality, I’m listening to all sorts of great stuff that I never would have purchased from iTunes.
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