Means cheap-ass laptops for little sharkies. I've been tempted to buy a new laptop for a while. Last time it was a Core 2 Duo in nice 12" form factor, but it took time to tell me that it's the moment and that 999€ was an okay price. (For a Core 2 Duo, with 1Gig RAM and Intel graphics) When I decided to get it, it was sold out. Well, I'm glad that I didn't do it.
Today, I was grocery shopping and I saw this for a mere 799€. Yes, a Core 2 Duo is better than a AMD Turion X2, and yes, ATI sucks, and sure 1Gig isn't much these days. Yes, the keyboard is AZERTY and that's going to suck too. Oh, and battery life is going to suck donkeys balls... But frankly, I'm coming from a P-III 600MHz/512Meg laptop. I guess, the experience is going to be 100x better.
Pretty much all laptops were on sale. (Some were still very expensive, though) You and I know why: Vista is coming and these laptops are going to be unsellable next month. I didn't open the box of the laptop yet (because I needed to go back to work), but there is a huge sticker on its side (that was clearly put there afterwards) claiming "Vista Capable" in big letters. Of course the small text is much funnier: it basically says "you bought a crap laptop to run Vista on". Yeah, go figure: I knew....
It won't for hell be running XP Home as preloaded. (With Works and so! Whahaha, who uses that crap?) Perhaps initially, because I bought Halflife 2 and I never played it. I might just play it on that laptop and then reformat the whole shebang. My tendency goes to FreeBSD which worked perfectly fine on my P-III laptop, including wireless. We'll see.... I still have to get that Debian desktop running. (Okay, it's running just fine... I admit)