You may have noticed that many of the netbooks released in the last few years look a lot alike. Most have Intel Atom processors, 1GB of RAM, 160GB to 250GB hard drives, Windows XP or Winodws 7 (or sometimes Linux). And then you just take a little from columns A, B, C, or D when it comes to the keyboard, touchpad, wireless, and display options.

So it shouldn’ t be surprising that Chinese company Guo Bang is offering DIY netbook kits in rural China to those that want to build and sell their own netbooks by mixing and matching some standard parts. The idea is that you can pick up a design from Guo Bang with the case, motherboard, and display. Then you just throw in your own RAM and hard drive, slap your name on the side, and offer the netbook for sale to a few hundred of your closest friends.

It doesn’t sound like Guo Bang is selling DIY kits to hobbyists. But wouldn’t it be nice if some company decided to make kits like these more widely available though?


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