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The Emtec Gdium Liberty 1000 netbook is made from a different mold than most of the mini-laptops available today. I mean sure, it has a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display and it’s about the same size and shape as every other 10 inch netbook. But it shuns the usual Intel Atom processor for a 900MHz Loongson CPU and instead of a hard drive the computer has a removable USB key called the G-Key. Not only can you store files on the removable key, but the entire operating system runs off the USB flash drive, making it easy for multiple users to share the same netbook without getting their settings and data crossed.

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When the laptop was first released this summer, it cost €349, or more than $500. But today it’s available for far cheaper. Netbook Italia spotted it for €199 ($293 US). So I did a little digging and found that it’s even cheaper in the US, where you can pick it up from Amazon for $265.99 plus free shipping.

Because the Emtec Gdium Liberty 1000 uses a MIPS based CPU instead of an x86 based one, it can’t run Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Instead it ships with a custom version of Mandriva Linux that includes a series of widgets for interacting with desktop and web services. You can check out a video of the software interface I shot at CES in January after the break. Keep in mind, some of the software may have changed since then.

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3 replies on “Emtec Gdium Liberty 1000 now available for well under $300”

  1. Seems cool. I’d almost say it might be good for a household with kids, since each one could have a G-Key [sounds dirty] any issues (viruses, trojans, etc) are isolated to the key not trapped on the hardware.

    Without a doubt this ‘key’ idea is worth more thhought with maybe a better concept then a USB key…although one of that new USB-3.0 would be speedy.

    After seeing the video I’m impressed.

    1. It _does_ sound like a netbook for the kids (and those who aren’t skilled at keeping a computer free of malware).

      A. It runs Linux, which only has a couple of worms and no (zero) viruses ever found in the wild. (There are some proof of concept viruses written by the anti-virus companies, but they never got any traction.)
      B. Even if A not was true, the CPU is a MIPS derivative. Most of the script-kiddie attacks won’t work on anything but x86. A stack overflow injection of x86 code into a MIPS system may crash the program, but won’t infect it.

      That just leaves Java and Javascript exploits, plus the usual phising and social engineering. Not bad netbook for Grandma….

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