Looking for a dirt cheap 10 inch netbook to throw Linux, OS X, or another operating system of your choice on? If you happen to live in Germany, you can pick up the rather generic looking Alternate Mobile Mini for just 199 Euros (about $268 US). This model looks like virtually every netbook released in 2009 on paper with one major exception: It ships with FreeDOS instead of Windows.

As far as the rest of the specs, you get a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g WiFi, 3 USB ports, a 1.3MP webcam, and an SD card reader. The Alternate Mobile Mini comes with a 3 cell battery.

While there are plenty of netbooks with Windows XP or Windows 7 Starter selling for under $300 in the US these days, it’s pretty hard to find anything this cheap in Europe.

via Netbook News.de

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5 replies on “Alternate Mobile Mini netbook: Cheap German netbook with FreeDOS”

  1. Not true. Whilst netbooks are getting cheaper all over the world, people in US are getting screwed as netbooks are going higher in price.

    These are cheaper….159 pounds


    Toshiba – 177 pounds


    199 pounds for a Win 7 Asus 1001P


    Actually, UK now has much cheaper netbooks than the US. Ironic isn’t it.

    People in the US are getting conned thinking they have the cheapest stuff.

    1. Sorry, WTF? Why-Just-Don’t-Use-Linux?

      FreeDos and Linux are not comparable in all the main dimensions of computer usage. What are you going to do with it, write using wordperfect?

      Does anybody see any rationale behind this decision?

      1. It’s a easy to install throw away OS so that you can install whatever you want?

        1. Since it is free, it does not add to the cost of the netbook. I agree in that it is a ‘throw away’ os. It is good for some one who does not want to pay for Windows or any other os only to have it over written with some thing they wanted to install in the first place.

  2. FreeDOS isn’t bad. https://www.freedos.org I guess one could keep FreeDOS on it and try OpenGem that comes with it. One could play the older DOS games on it too.

    I am hoping ReactOS is developed to the point where one can install it from an USB drive. https://www.reactos.org

    I have read that ver 2.0 of eComStation might be on a SD card that one can run or install it from. https://www.ecomstation.com

    I read that Win7 was supposed to have an option of being on a SD card but I guess that never came through. One can do it oneself but I would rather have it already on an USB drive or SD card.

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