A special edition of the Inspiron Mini 10v run Intel’s Linux-based Moblin OS goes on sale for US$299, but also offers the netbook image as a free download.
Is Windows set to get a new competitor in the netbook space? Dell US is now offering Moblin alongside Ubuntu and Windows XP on its entry-level Inspiron Mini 10v netbook.
The Moblin version of the Mini 10v sells for US$299 and is “exclusively for Linux enthusiasts, developers, and early adopters.”
It runs an Atom-optimised Moblin 2.0 OS in the form of Canonical’s Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition.
But if you’ve already got a Mini 10v – or are willing to grab one locally from Dell for $549 – you can download the necessary OS image and install it directly from a USB flash memory key.
Weighing in at 1GB, Dell’s Mini 10v Ubuntu Moblin Remix image
contains all necessary drivers to turn your Mini 10v into a netbook on the leading edge (or should that be bleeding edge?) of open-source OS technology.
Owners of other Atom-powered netbooks can download a generic Moblin 2.0 image from Moblin.org