[racket] Racket & Netbook

From: Neil Toronto (neil.toronto at gmail.com)
Date: Wed Jun 30 12:56:27 EDT 2010

I'm running Racket on an Eee-PC 1000H with Ubuntu Netbook Remix and it's 
adequate. Performance is about what you'd expect for something about a 
third as fast as a desktop. The keys are comfy and the 1024x600 screen 
tends to hold enough Scheme/LaTeX code. Netbook Remix is good about 
maximizing space use, so that helps. (I also set my top panel to autohide.)

It'll drive any VGA projector or monitor under 2048x2048, and the newer 
models probably do more and have digital output. It tends to take longer 
than 3x to compile Slideshow apps compared to my desktop, but it's 
snappy enough once that's done.

The battery lasted about 4-5 hours at first. I've read that the newer 
ones last 6-7.

Regarding Racket dev: Setup takes about an hour (I think), so I don't 
often install from source. (The binaries work fine.) The only problem I 
have is that inserting and cursoring around in DrRacket's editor gets 
really slow when the source file I'm editing goes above three screens of 
text or so. From my experiments, it seems to be related to both syntax 
highlighting and the number of on-screen glyphs.


Carl Eastlund wrote:
> I killed my laptop recently -- spilled a glass of milk right on the
> keyboard -- and I need a cheap replacement for when I'm travelling.
> This will not be my primary development machine.  The only absolute
> need I have from it is to be able to run Slideshow presentations,
> though being able to meaningfully develop in Racket (i.e. running
> "raco setup" in a somewhat reasonable amount of time) would be a big
> plus too.  I am thinking some kind of netbook, probably running Linux.
>  Does anyone out there know what kind would be suitable?  I have not
> looked at low-end portable computers in some time, so I don't know
> what kind of performance to expect, what brands are reliable, etc.
> Thanks for any pointers!
> Carl Eastlund
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