Dell Japan is selling the Linux version of the new Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. Like the Windows version, the Linux model has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. But it comes with an open source operating system.
The product description says this model comes with Ubuntu 9.10, Moblin 2.1. It’s not entirely clear what that means, but my best guess is that it’s a version of Ubuntu Linux that uses the latest version of the Moblin user interface and incorporates Moblin’s optimizations for speedy performance on a low power Intel Atom chipset.
Last year Dell offered a version of the Inspiron Mini 10v with a pre-release, developer version of Ubuntu/Moblin. But now that Moblin has merged with Maemo to create a new platform called MeeGo, it’s not entirely clear whether we’ll be seeing a Linux version of the new Dell Mini 10 with this exactly flavor of Ubuntu/Moblin anytime soon.