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First Atom-based notebook runs Linux
Jun. 03, 2008

The world's third-largest PC vendor has announced a "netbook" based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Centrino processor and Linpus Linux. Acer's $380 Aspire One offers 512MB or 1GB of RAM, 8GB flash, an 8.9-inch, 1024x600 display, WiFi, webcam, and an optional 80GB hard drive.

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The Aspire One is among over two dozen notebooks, netbooks, and MIDs that are expected to ship this year based on the energy-efficient Intel Atom Processor. The mini notebook is based on the Atom N270 clocked at 1.6GHz, with 533MHz FSB and 512KB L2 cache, says Acer.

The initial Aspire One will only be available with Linpus Linux Lite, but a Windows XP Home version is expected to ship shortly later in Q3. Linpus Linux Lite is designed to run on low-end PCs, ultra-mini PCs (UMPCs), netbooks, and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), says Taiwanese Linux distributor Linpus Technologies.

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