I've been hovering over the buy button on a Mini 9 for a few days now. Just mulling it over in my head. One thing that's been bothering me is this choppy youtube playback that everyone has pretty much accepted is down to the inefficiencies of adobe's flash player, paired with the relatively low power Atom processor.
Everyone's worked out that if you stick the flv files from youtube into vlc then they play perfectly, so the obvious answer would be to use VLC as the embedded player of flv files in Firefox itself (sorry IE and Chrome users, no love for you here). It's been awhile since I did this and when I did it was under Linux, so I did some research and found the following link that works for both XP and Linux: http://netsharc.wordpress.com/2007/03/3 ... e-via-vlc/
Now I've just followed his instructions on my work pc running XP, and while I get an error when I actually go to a youtube page, the videos still actually play fine and very smoothly. I'm putting the error I got down to my crappy work laptop, but it's irrelevant really as the videos still played very well.
I've not had time to try out an HD video yet, or Ubuntu, but there's every indication that it will work fine. The only downside I can see to using this method is that the video can't be streamed. You have to wait for it to load before it will start playing. Aside from that it's seamless and perfectly embedded.
Sorry if someone else has already reported this previously, I just thought it was worth mentioning in detail as I understand the issue of streaming videos to be quite frustrating to many Mini 9 owners.
Thanks for reading.