Friday, August 28, 2009


Sharp Releases the 'Netwalker'

Sharp has released a new Linux based computer called the 'Netwalker'.

The Netwalker has a 1024x600 WSVGA display (5 inch or 127 mm) and runs a Freescale processor at 800 Mhz. For memory it has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of SSD storage which is expandable with a microSDHC card. Sharp is claiming 10 hours of battery life.

This device is a little unusual. It could be considered a big PDA or a really tiny
netbook. Sharp is saying the boot-up time for this device is under 3 seconds and
in this case the Linux distribution is Ubuntu. It's dimensions are 6.33 x 4.25 inches
or 161 x 108 mm which would require a rather big pocket.

Unfortunately the Sharp Netwalker is only available in Japan but chip makers
Freescale are looking for ways to import the device into the USA. The good news
is that Sharp is continuing to develop devices which run Linux and hopefully
the Netwalker can pick up where the Zaurus series ended (the Zaurus series
ended in February 2007).


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