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OQO Price And Release Date Set 134

Posted by timothy
from the transflective-hifi-jumprope dept.
captainJam writes "After more than 2 years of development, the OQO is finally set to be released in October for a price tag of $1899. Initially the unit will only be sold through OQO's website. Those grumbling about the price should take into consideration that the OQO is by far the smallest and lightest XP capable handtop with a touchscreen, slide-out keyboard and Transflective display."
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OQO Price And Release Date Set

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  • but... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 26, 2004 @03:45PM (#10356402)
    can it run linux?
  • Linux potential (Score:1, Interesting)

    by PuppiesOnAcid (792320) on Sunday September 26, 2004 @03:52PM (#10356448) Homepage Journal
    I think devices like these have the most potential for the public using Linux. Each one has virtually the same hardware, so there would be no discrepencies with drivers. Appears to be an all around handy little box, and the price is fairly reasonable in my opinion.
  • by frovingslosh (582462) on Sunday September 26, 2004 @04:03PM (#10356504)
    Answering my own question, I found a working link. But the screen resolution is 800x480, when my copy of XP tells me that it needs at a minimum 800x600. Something sure as hell stinks! Is this little outfit getting a special build of XP (seems unlikely)? Why does the retail, full price version of XP insist on a minimum 800x600 display if XP can really run on less (obviously it can, there is no reason an OS needs a larger display, but it really stinks if MS put a limitation in the retail version that obsoleetes your hardware that they will wave for certain OEMs.)
  • by melted (227442) on Sunday September 26, 2004 @04:04PM (#10356507) Homepage
    I can buy a mighty fine Tablet PC for less than that. Sure it will be a bit larger, but it has a _tablet_ behind the screen. I can actually write on the damn thing and it recognizes my chicken-scratch.
  • Re:MS tax ? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Erwos (553607) on Sunday September 26, 2004 @04:23PM (#10356598)
    "As long as you don't agree to their EULA when you first boot it up, you can apply to MS for a refund. I saw a guide on what to do somewhere, I can't remember off the top of my head where though - try google."

    Wrong. Microsoft's EULAs for Windows on OEM computers almost always direct you to go to the OEM for the refund. So, really, this is an issue to settle with OQO themselves.

    Ask before you buy. And if you don't like their answer, don't buy.

    -Erwos

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