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Dell Inspiron 910 UMPC to be officially announced this week


Dell has confirmed that later this week the company would be unveiling their first mini notebook computer, the Inspiron 910.

Although the specs aren’t official yet the 910 is expected to include:

  • Available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux
  • Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor
  • Up to 1GB of RAM
  • 8.9-inch LCD
  • Wi-Fi
  • Built-in webcam
  • 3 USB ports
  • Weight as low as 2.2 pounds

Look for official info later this week, possibly on Thursday.

[Via Information Week]


Dell E mini notebook to sell for $299 next month?

According to alleged “insiders”, Dell’s upcoming UMPC called the “E” will go on sale next month and the basic model called the “E Classic” will go for just $299.

Specs for this super cheap version reportedly include

  • Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor
  • 8.9-inch LCD screen
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage
  • Linux operating system (Ubuntu, I’d assume)

A more expensive model with more RAM, storage space, a built-in webcam and a 12-inch screen should also be available.

Something you might remember when the E was first talked about last month, it will not have function keys, giving more room to the other keys.

[Via Electronista]

Best Buy to begin selling Ubuntu Linux


Popular Linux distribution Ubuntu is sponsored and distributed by Canonical and while technically it’s free if you download it, Canonical is taking a chance with it and sending it to Best Buy in retail packaging.

The boxed version of Ubuntu will sell for $19.99 and be available at Best Buy both online and in their retail stores.

Why pay for something that’s free?

It comes with a quick-start guide and, most importantly new Linux users, 60-days of installation and setup support from ValuSoft, one of Canonical’s partners.

Steve George, Canonical corporate service director, says “by adding a 60 day support service, ValuSoft are making it easier for consumers to install and get started with Ubuntu…Installing an operating system of any kind is still a scary task for many people so offering a ‘helping hand’ is a great reassurance for the new user and will help tremendously with the success of the product in this category.”

Does Ubuntu deserve all the attention it gets? I think so–it’s a great distribution and I use it on one the computers in my office. Do I think it’s ready to replace Windows? No, note yet but Ubuntu and some other Linux distributions are getting close and the installation and setup support sure helps.

For more info about Ubuntu’s retail plans check out their blog post here.

[Via Ars Technica]

Ubuntu releases Hardy Heron remixed for MIDs


Ubuntu has released a version of their v8.04 Ubuntu Linux (aka ‘Hardy Heron’) for MIDs, UMPCs.

The new builds will are optimized for Intel McCaslin and Menlow-based devices and include:

  • User interface in HTML, Flash, Clutter, Python with GTK, C/C++ with GTK and Java
  • Different application sets for different products or configurations
  • Integration with popular Web 2.0 sites
  • Internationalization and translation support to meet market requirements
  • Custom sets of licensed media codecs and third-party proprietary software for commercial partners
  • Custom engineering

Ubuntu is a hugely popular distribution of Linux (I know it’s my favorite), so if this is as good as the desktop releases, and I have no reason to believe it won’t be, it’s definately worth checking out whether you’re a Linux fan or just looking for a new OS/UI to try out on your device.

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via Engadget]

Psystar introduces OpenServ, Xserve competitor


Controversial PC maker Psystar has introduced a pair of new rack mountable servers, the OpenServ 1100 and 2400.

OpenServ’s are able to run Windows, Linux, or even Mac OS X Server.

The OpenServ 1100 starts at $1,599.99 and comes with:

  • CentOS 5.1 Linux preinstalled
  • Intel Xeon E5420 Harpertown 2.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 4GB of fully-buffered DDR2 667MHz RAM
  • One 750GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
  • Dual gigabit ethernet
  • Integrated graphics
  • No monitor, keyboard or mouse is included

The OpenServ 2400 starts at $1,999.99 and has the same standard configuration as the 1100 but has 6 drive bays (the 1100 only has four).

For more info check out the product page here.

[Via CrunchGear]

Asus announces prices for Eee PC 901, 1000 in US

Laptop Mag managed to get their hands on pricing for the Asus Eee PC 901 and 1000 notebooks for the US market.

The 901 will sell for $599 for either the Windows XP version with a 12GB SSD or a Linux version with a 20GB SSD

The 1000 will sell for $699 for the Windows XP or Linux version with a 40GB SSD and the 1000H will sell for $649 and use an 80GB hard drive instead of an SSD.

Specs aren’t 100% final for the 1000 series so things could possibly change before launch.

Still no word on an officially release date so if you’re interested stay tuned…

[Via Electronista]

New Apple ‘Fusion’ computer being announced tomorrow?


TUAW received a tip about a possible new Apple computer targeting developers could be announced tomorrow morning at WWDC.

Allegedly called the “Fusion”, this new Mac features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and run Boot Camp to allow you to boot into Linux, Windows or Mac OS X and encourages developers to use it to port their applications to Mac.

From the screenshot:

“Building your applications for the Mac has never been easier. Mac Fusion was designed exclusively for new developers wishing to port their existing programs to the Mac without breaking the bank. Mac Fusion allows you to explore the power and stability of Mac OS X while keeping the ability to run alternative operating systems, such as Windows or Linux, via Boot Camp.”

Guess we’ll find out Monday morning if this is true or not.

For a few screenshots that may or may not be real check out this post at TUAW.

[Via TUAW]

Acer shows off Aspire One UMPC


Lots of UMPC goodness coming out of Computex Taipei, this time from Acer.

The newly announced Acer Aspire One is a UMPC with specs like:

  • 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 LCD-backlit display
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
  • 512MB DDR2 RAM
  • 80GB hard drive for Windows XP version, 8GB SSD (solid-state drive) for Linux version
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • SDHC and multi-format card readers
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • One free mini PCI slow for WWAN
  • 3 or 6-cell battery options
  • 2.2 pounds

Look for it to be released later this month overseas for £199 for the Linux version and £299 for the XP version in your choice of blue or white, with red and black models coming later on. It SHOULD be coming to the US later this year.

For more info check out the product page here. Honestly, it seems lean on content but has some decent pictures. Hopefully they’ll add more substance soon.

[Via Engadget]

Ubuntu Netbook Remix unveiled at Computex


Canonical (makers of Ubuntu Linux) today officially unveiled a new version of Ubuntu Linux at Computex Taipei dubbed Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

This version is a “reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically for a new category of portable internet-centric devices.”

According to the press release, “Ubuntu Netbook Remix leverages Moblin technologies optimized for the Intel Atom processor…our goal is to deliver a superb user experience while making it simple and cost-effective for device manufacturers to be able to bring their devices to the consumer marketplace.”

Don’t expect devices with Ubuntu Netbook Remix pre-installed until later this year.

[Via Engadget]

Via announces OpenBook reference design


This morning Via announced the next version of its NanoBook UMPC, the OpenBook.

The OpenBook is a reference design, meaning that its design being distributed as a CAD file under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license so Via won’t be making the notebook itself but OEM’s will be able to using Via’s design.

Features of the OpenBook design include:

  • 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor with dedicated side video processor able to play HD movies
  • Using new VIA VX800 chipset
  • 8.9-inch LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • WiMAX, HSDPA and EV-DO
  • 3 USB ports
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • 2 webcams
  • Up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Room for a 2.5-inch hard drive
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista or Linux
  • 4-cell battery with around 3 hours of life

Since VIA won’t be manufacturing the notebook itself they can’t give a for sure price point for OpenBook’s but expects the price to be around $600.

For more info about the OpenBook and to download the CAD files check out www.viaopenbook.com.

To see a hands-on video check out Engadget’s post here.

[Via Electronista and Engadget]