[GTALUG] another little computer: the kangaroo

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Fri Jan 29 10:18:56 UTC 2016

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 01:16:04AM -0500, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> I bought one of these little computers:
> <http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/InFocus-Kangaroo-Signature-Edition-Mobile-Desktop/productID.328660500>
> If you are a student you an get 10% off of the $149.
> I bought mine at newegg for $130 but the price changes regularly.
> I'm typing this from a live Fedora stick on this processor.  The screen is 
> 3840x2160 at 30 -- the best mode for this display and pretty good for an 
> Atom.
> The CPU is an Intel Atom x5-z8500.  I don't really understand the naming 
> scheme.
> Scott pointed out that the Intel specs for this processor don't mention 
> the VT-I feature.  That scared me.
> <http://ark.intel.com/products/85474/Intel-Atom-x5-Z8500-Processor-2M-Cache-up-to-2_24-GHz>

It doesn't say it doesn't have it.  I know one atom processor that intel
explicitly lists as NOT supporting 64bit mode, yet every one I have ever
seen of those chips does do 64bit.  Very annoying.

> Here are the flags from /proc/cpuinfo:
> fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat
> pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx
> rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology
> nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2
> ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes
> rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi
> flexpriority ept vpid tsc_adjust smep erm
> As I understand it, vmx means it supports VT-I.  Some of the other
> flags have to do with virtualization too.
> BTW, note that it supports AES-NI, something that the Haswell Celeron
> and Pentium don't do.
> Although this doesn't have ethernet, it has a single USB 3.0 port.  I've
> used a USB 3.0 hub to connect a gigabit ethernet dongle and the Fedora
> live stick.

Len Sorensen

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