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Everex Cloudbook: Competition for Asus Eee PC

Everex Cloudbook: Competition for Asus Eee PC

From January 15th, American customers of Everex will be able to buy an alternative to the Asus Eee PC. Everex confirms this report in a press release. The UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) with the code name Cloudbook is to be offered ex works with gOS, a Linux derivative based on Ubuntu 7.10.

gOS uses GNOME and KDE instead of the usual desktop environments Window manager Enlightenment, which uses less memory. The operating system has a 'Mac OS X' -like dock with which Gmail, Wikipedia, Google Docs and local programs such as Skype and Gimp can be accessed. Package management and hardware detection were taken over by Ubuntu.

Everex ' Cloudbook 'UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC)
Everex' Cloudbook 'UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC)

Like the Eee PC, the Cloudbook should have have a 7-inch display and can display WVGA (800 x 480 pixels). A Via C7 ULV with 1.2 GHz clock rate is used as the CPU. A 30 GB hard drive will probably be on board, which means that Everex, unlike Asus, will not offer any SSD technology. For this, the manufacturer donates, in addition to a special version with webcam, a 512 MB working memory, a LAN and WLAN connection and a 4-in-1 card reader. Two USB 2.0 ports and a DVI out round off the device's connection options. The price for the US version (without webcam) should be around 400 US dollars.

Everex is expecting a successful launch of the Cloudbook and is already speculating with a touchscreen version in future generations.

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