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HP Mini-Note a Sound Choice

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HP's entry into the sub-Mini-Notebook arena comes in the form of the HP 2133, a sleek-looking, brushed aluminum finished, lightweight but well built beauty. You can see the attention to detail in the engineering when you first open it up. From the sturdy hinge to the scratch resistant display and connectivity options you'll find just about everything you would expect in an ultra-mobile laptop.

For this test we were provided with an HP 2133 equipped with a 1.2 GHz VIA processor, 1 GB of memory, a 120 GB 5400 rpm SATA disk drive and an 8.9 inch screen. The standard 3-cell battery is supposed to give you up to 145 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes) of run time depending on usage. They do offer a 6-cell battery that increases your run time up to 5 hours, but we weren't provided with one.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) SP1 was the installed operating system as delivered on our test unit. Novell has recently released SP2 for SLED, and we went through the update process to give it a spin as well. HP markets this unit to the educational market which would seem to point toward college students. The unit is great for surfing the web, checking e-mail or instant messaging although the battery life with the standard 3-cell battery will be a drawback.

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It runs Ballnux, no thanks

That's from H-P, Novell and Microsoft, who believe in 'owning' knowledge. The idea is so ludicrous and only plants like Hovsepian (former IBMer) would try to use it as a maximalist 'advantage' that screws all those that built FOSS.

Nobel laureate criticises intellectual property rights system

US economist Joseph Stiglitz has warned that intellectual property rights are stifling innovation. According to the Intellectual Property Watch news service, the professor, who was awarded a 2001 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the relationship of information and markets, said at the opening of Manchester University's Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation on Saturday that the intellectual property rights regime "closes down access to knowledge". It was clear, he said, that specific restrictions applied particularly in the patent system.

Stiglitz criticised the current approach of treating copyright and patent rights as "intellectual property". Intellectual property, he insisted, is public property and not something to be "owned". It is difficult to prevent others from enjoying its benefits, he said, because it is fundamentally different to, and should not be compared to, the ownership of physical property. This approach creates monopoly power over knowledge that is often abused. Stiglitz gave as an example the current "patent thicket" in software, which results in anyone who writes a successful software program being sued for alleged patent infringements.

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