Intel may dominate the netbook space with its Atom chips. But there’s no rule that says a netbook needs to have an Atom processor… or even an x86 processor. A South African company has built an 8.9 inch mini-laptop called the Linkbook which is powered by a Freescale PowerPC processor.
If the PowerPC architecture sounds familiar, that’s because Apple used PowerPC chips for its Mac computers until just a few years ago.
The Linkbook comes with a 3G modem, SIM card slot, 16GB of flash storage, and 256MB of RAM. It has an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel TFT screen, 2 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks and a camera.
The computer runs a custom operating system called Link OS, which is based on Ubuntu.
You can pick one up from Vodafone in South African for about $25 when you sign up for a 2 year service contract.
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