There was a time when almost every netbook came with Linux. Flash forward a few years, and Windows dominates the netbook space, but a few niche companies such as System76 and ZaReason continue to provide Linux-based netbooks in addition to other laptop and desktop computers running Linux.
System76 recently introduced its latest Linux netbook, the second generation Starling NetBook. The new model features 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, and runs Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.
The netbook comes standard with 2GB of DDR2 memory and a 250GB hard drive. But you can configure it with a larger hard drive or a solid state disk. 802.1b/g/n WiFi and a 4 cell battery also come standard, although you’ll be able to order an extra 3 cell battery or a 6 cell battery.
One of the advantages of choosing a netbook that comes preloaded with Linux is that it isn’t bound by the restrictions Microsoft places on netbooks with Windows 7 Starter Edition, which is why even the cheapest configuration of the Starling includes twice the memory you’ll find on most netbooks.
The Starling NetBook has a starting price of $389. It’s available for pre-order now, and should start shipping the first week of August.
via OMG Ubuntu