The order page for the Dell Latitude 2100 is now up and running. Keep in mind, this netbook is designed for educational markets, but if you’re looking for a mini-laptop with a rubberized design and don’t mind if it’s 1.6 inches thick and weighs more than 3 pounds, you can order one for yourself.
The base configuration with Ubuntu 8.10 Linux is $368. I believe this is the first time Dell has offered a netbook with Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. The Inspiron Mini netbook line still ships with Ubuntu 8.04.1 Hardy Heron, which was an LTS (long term support) release. A Latitude 2100 netbook with Windows XP costs $30 more, and Windows Vista prices start at $483.
You can configure the netbook with 512MB to 2Gb of RAM, a 16GB solid state disk, or hard drives ranging from 80GB to 250GB. 3 and 6 cell battery options are available. An 802.11b/g WiFi card is included in the base price, but you can also upgrade to an 802.11a/g/n card and/or optional Bluetooth.
The netbook is also available with an optional touchscreen display and webcam. All told, if you deck out the netbook with all available bells and whistles (not counting an extended warranty, battery protection, or external accessories like monitors or USB DVD burners), you can easily wind up spending over $750 on this netbook.
via Portable Monkey