Good news on the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition front. After I asked myself a few questions about the netbook’s functionality this morning, I decided to check out the HP booth on the CES show floor. And wouldn’t you know it, the thing really is just running a modified version of Ubuntu Linux.
You can pull up Ubuntu’s program manager by navigating through HP’s custom interface. But what’s even better, you can pull up the full Synaptic package manager, a terminal, or anything else just by hitting Fn+ F2.
So while HP has done a nice job of creating an easy to use interface for this $330 netbook, you can also use the Mi Edition software to do anything you could do with Ubuntu.
On a side note, for some reason HP renamed the web browser as “web browser,” even though it’s clearly Firefox. When I brought up the browser and hit the about button, I was told that I was looking at “web browser 3.0.4.”
Check out more photos after the break.