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Gallery: HP adds custom Linux OS to netbooks

HP unveils its own custom Linux OS to power a new lineup of netbooks based on Intel's Atom chip.
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HP unveils its own custom Linux OS to power a new lineup of netbooks based on Intel's Atom chip. The HP Mini 1000 will come in three flavors that are expected to hit the streets in December 2008 and January 2009.

Matthew Miller says the new Mini 1000 has much better pricing options and that large 10.2-inch screen. Larry Dignan says these mobile Internet devices are really a Trojan horse for desktop Linux.

The most colorful of the trio is the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition which is targeted for "Internet centric fashionistas" and will available in mid-December. It is expected to start at $699.

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The HP Mini 1000, which runs on Windows XP, will have screen sizes from 8.9 inches to 10.2 inches. It will be available in December and will start at $399. The displays on the Mini 1000 the display have lower resolution (1024 X 600) than HP's current netbook, theMini-Note (1280 X 768).

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The HP Mini 1000 with MIE (mobile Internet experience) comes with an HP interface that's built for Linux. Skype, instant messaging and a dashboard for email and browsing come with the package. It's expected to start at $379 with availability in January.

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The HP Mini 1000

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Another view.

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The HP Mini 1000 will replace the 2133 Mini-Note which suffered from heat issues and a relatively high price tag (starting at $499) according to ZDNet's Matthew Miller.

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