Gdium launches One Laptop Per Hacker program

The Gdium netbook is one of the more special netbook which uses a custom version of Mandriva Linux that runs from a removable USB flash drive called the G-Key. The idea of this netbook is that you can carry all your data and desktop environtment in the G-Key with you, and use it from one computer to another.

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In order to build a more robust developer community around the Gdium netbook, the company has launched the “One Laptop Per Hacker” program. Participants of the program will get a pre-release version of the Gdium netbook, a G-key, and a chance to work with the Gdium develoment team.. and to participate in the program, you will need to register with Gdium.

[via Liliputing]

Best Netbook of 2008

This year has been an amazing year for netbook industry. New netbooks were released almost every month throughout the year. This is good for consumers as we will have more choices, and the competition between various netbook companies will drive the price down and the quality up. There’s only one disadvantage here — many will feel lost in finding a good and suitable netbook brand/model for him/herself. Good thing is that there are always great resources on the Internet, like this list of best netbook of 2008, which will help you to narrow down your choices.

Samsung NC20 To Be Launched on February 2009

While the Samsung NC10 is still fresh on the market, the company is already planning to release another 12-inch netbook called NC20 on February 2009.

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According to Notebook Italia, the Samsung NC20 will comes with 1.3 GHz VIA Nano U225 processor, a 160GB hard drive, 1G of RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a 1.3MP camera. The price will be around  $635 US.

With NC10, Samsung has already proven to be able to produce great performance netbook. Hopefully the NC20 will be just as good as its predecessor.

[via Netbook Portal]

Apple to Unveil Netbooks Next Month?

The MacWorld Conference and Expo just few weeks away, and according to an article of Computer World, it’s likely that Apple will unveil 2 netbooks in the Expo. The netbooks are likely to be an Apple-controlled “closed system” where software is delivered via the App Store, device restore is done from iTunes, backup is available through an optional online service, most likely MobileMe, and peripheral and add-on choices will be limited.

This is not confirmed though, and is just the prediction of Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research Inc.

“Citing evidence that included the gloomy economy, climbing sales of the least-expensive laptops and comments CEO Steve Jobs made in October, Gottheil said Apple would show a pair of netbooks at January’s conference, then as it did two years before with the iPhone, put it on the market midyear.”

[Source: Computer World]

Lenovo IdeaPad S9 Now Available in US

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Lenovo IdeaPad s9 is the smaller cousin of the IdeaPad S10. It comes with an 8.9-inch screen, a 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, and 4GB SSD. Just in time for the holiday season, the IdeaPad S9 netbook is now available on two online stores: Geeks.com for $344.99 and Buy.com for $359.46

MSI Wind U120, 115 and 110 to be Released January 2009

Laptop Magazine has recently interviewed MSI’s Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung. Below are the few highlights from the interview about MSI’s upcoming plan  in 2009:

  • The Wind U100 and U120 will be parallel products in the U.S. The U120 will have a new design (which we got a hands-on look at last month) and WiMax/3G options. The U120 will hit the U.S. market in January.
  • The Wind U110 and U115 will be released at the end of January and have the newest Intel Atom platform (Intel Atom Z530). The U115, as rumored, will have both an SSD and a hard drive. You will be able to turn off the hard drive completely to save battery power. He expects the U115 to get 10 hours of battery life.
  • MSI will unveil the 13.3-inch U300 at CES. It will not be a part of the Wind line, but will be a very thin, light and affordable ultraportable. Tung says he expects people to be “shocked.”
  • Going head-to-head with ASUS at the show, MSI will show a touch enabled-Wind at CES.
  • MSI will not bring Linux netbooks to market in the U.S.
  • Contrary to previous things we’ve heard, upgrading the Wind’s RAM will not void your warranty.

Read the full interview on Laptop Magazine.

Gateway Announced New Netbook Model

Gateway has recently announced a new netbook model, LT1001G which will feature an 8.9-inch screen, 1.6GHz Atom Processor, 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM.

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The new netbook from Gateway is said to look pretty much like the Acer Aspire One, and it does not surprise us as the company has been acquired by Acer last year.