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5.0 out of 5 stars I know nothing about Linux, 3 Aug. 2008
This review is from: CnmBook 7" Netbook Windows CE 4GB 800 x 400 Widescreen Built in SD Card Memory Slot
I know nothing about Linux, but I was able to connect this laptop to my wireless router in less than 5 minutes and surf the web. Another five minutes later and I was able to send and receive emails, write letters, open attachments and play mp3 tracks. It seems fine for the simple things or used as a second machine, its really portable, I was able to find a BT Openzone hotspot and use the instant messaging to keep in touch with the office.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2009, 23:12:18 GMT
Big Ben says:
Thanks for that - very helpful! We may be getting one of these soon, so all information is appreciated.
On the CnM website at:- http://194.150.201.35/cnmlifestyle/cnmbookspecification.htm
....it states that it uses a MIPs cpu - which is _not_ x86 compatible - it's one of the early RISC machines, think that Sun now own them. good performer, imho, but not x86. Relevance of this is that binaries would need to be from a MIPs repository in order to run.
This means that you may need to compile code for it to run successfully on this - programs may be a bit harder to add as a result. Things like plugins may well work OK. What has your experience been? Do you get regular program updates?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2009, 17:00:23 GMT
Hi Big Ben

It contains a MIPS (SOC) made by Ingenic in China.

There is no compiler, i.e. gcc is not installed.

Ingenic supply both the source and a binary for a cross-compiler that ran immediately (the binary that is) on my AMD64 Linux box (but I failed to get the sources to compile - probably due to my lack of experience) and then you can cross-compile "hello world" and then copy it to the miniBook (install the root access console first - from the CnM website) and then you can run it from the command line.

It is possible to cross-compile gcc (+binutils) to run on the miniBook but it is hard-slog e.g. you also have to cross-compile "make" and "split" and lots of other small "missing" pieces.

Posted on 11 Oct 2011, 19:10:50 BST
This is a review for a quite different machine, hardware different and about Linux not Windows CE 6
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