Acer plans Linux, SSD version of 10-inch netbook

Summary:Although the initial version of Acer's bigger-screen netbook will be XP-only and loaded with a HDD, the company says a version with Linux and a solid-state drive is coming

Acer has confirmed it plans to release a Linux version of its 10-inch Aspire One netbook, even though its initial announcement of the upcoming machine said it would be Windows XP-only.

Acer announced details of the 10-inch Aspire One on Friday, describing a netbook that has Windows XP as the operating system and a 160GB hard disk drive (HDD) for storage. The original Aspire One, which had an 8.9-inch screen, comes with a choice of XP or a Linux distribution called Linpus, and the option of a solid-state drive (SSD) or an HDD.

On Wednesday, an Acer spokesperson told ZDNet UK that the 10-inch Aspire One "will be available with XP or Linux, and HDD or SSD", and confirmed that the Linux distribution would be Linpus. However, buyers will not have these options in the initial release of the netbook, which will launch in mid-February and cost £299.

The SSD will have a capacity of 16GB. There is, as yet, no launch date or pricing for the Linux flavour of the machine.

Unlike the 8.9-inch Aspire One, the 10-inch version will not have a second SD card slot. In the earlier version, the second SD slot was there to hold a flash memory card that would be more-or-less permanently housed in the netbook to augment the 8GB or 16GB SSD. According to Acer's spokesperson, the new version lacks that second slot "due to the increase in standard storage sizes".

Acer Aspire One 10-inch

The 10-inch version of Acer's Aspire One netbook will, after all, have an option for Linux and solid-state storage

Topics: Hardware


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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