Installing Linux on a low cost laptop might seem like a good idea if you want to keep costs down while providing all the basic features users want, like web browsers, office documents, and multimedia apps. But if you plan to offer an optional 3G wireless dongle, you also have to make sure that wireless providers are prepared to offer solutions for the flavor of Linux you’re using.

It looks like Acer is taking that step, a month or two after releasing its Aspire One ultraportable. Register Hardware reports that Acer European product manager Robert Perenz says the computer can handle a USB HSDPA dongle, but still needs software to make the hardware work. He says the software should be available in the next few weeks.

[via Low Cost Laptop]

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