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.

via Linux for Devices

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6 replies on “Linkbook 9 inch netbook with a PowerPC processor”

  1. it looks decent but i don’t prefer netbook, either will go for a notebook or a mobile devices which can do the same

  2. Now a days people like to prefer small and easily portable device with most of all function and technology. It is very useful news for the people so that they can purchase it easily purchase it. I have heard that this computer runs a custom operating system called Link OS, which is based on Ubuntu.

    1. Its the way business works in South Africa really. Most big companies do it. It’s their way of keeping you in their pockets cause in two years time they just give you a new one and renew your contract.

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