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Re: Changing the default 32-bit x86 arch for Fedora 12 (#2)

Adam Williamson wrote:
On Wed, 2009-06-24 at 00:48 -0400, Gregory Maxwell wrote:

Atom systems are frequently battery powered, so improvements there can
also to increased battery life.  P4, OTOH, already requires a locally
installed atomic power plant so energy isn't an issue there.

There were actually some P4 laptops.

One of these is sitting on my desk for several years.

They tended to be very large (to
contain the required power and cooling)  .. and have a battery life measured
in minutes.  They probably should also have come with heavy-duty lap heat
I doubt anyone who ever bought such a beast expected any kind of usable
lengthy battery-powered operation out of it, though.

These beasts were their time's "desktop replacement" laptops, for which primarily display and keyboard sizes dictated the overall size.
Mine actually is much smaller than many of today's DTRs.

At their time, these P4 laptops had been comparatively computationally powerful, comparatively cheep (desktop chipset), nevertheless sufficiently "compact" for occasional "mobile use".

Actually, pretty nice machines, ... at their time. Of cause, today, any mediocre netbook can easily outperform them wrt. many aspects.


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