Dell turns to Linux, Atom for budget biz boxes
Dell still hasn't formally announced its Eee PC rival but it did at least unveil some cheap Linux machines today based on Intel's Atom processor - the forecast revamp to its Vostro budget business box line-up.
Dell's Vostro A860
Centre-stage were two new notebooks: the 15.6in A860 and the 14.1in A840, both set to be offered with a choice of single- and dual-core Celeron, dual-core Pentium, and Core 2 Duo processors; up to 1GB of base-level Ram; 120GB (A84) or 160GB (A860) hard drives; and a choice of CD/DVD combo drive or 8x multi-format DVD burner.
The black-clad laptops come with on-board Ethernet, 56Kb/s modem and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is optional, as are mobile data cards to slot in the machines' PC Card slot.
That's the basic hardware. To that buyers can choose to have either Ubuntu or Windows Vista pre-installed.
The Vostro A180
You can make the same choice with the desktop Vostro A100 and A180, respectively system packed into mini-tower and slim cases.
Surprisingly, perhaps, the A100 is based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom 230 processor - the A180 offers the same choice of Celeron and Pentium CPUs as the laptops. Both machines can be specced up with much the same choices of components as the mobile Vostros.
The new Vostro's will initially be targeted at "emerging economies", but with prospect of recession in view, we can imagine a fair few Western buyers fancying such low-cost kit too.
I might have missed something, but typing in "ubuntu" on the dell uk page leads to
which has 2 laptops, though there's nothing for belgium, for sure
@ Flocke Kroes
Not sure about the Vostros but the Optiplex machines will run from a standard ATX CPU, some of them don't fit so well though (I've had a real job finding an ATX CPU that would fit in an Optiplex GX270, in the end I butchered another GX270 for the PSU).
Re: XP costing $99 more than Vista
I suspect that might be due to the licensing requiring Vista Business (or Ultimate, that would be silly) rather than Home to do that upgrade to XP.
I find it appalling that a Linux version would cost only $30 less than a Windows one really. Who are the big spenders for the crapware? I thought Google was the big one, and their stuff is mostly all available for Linux now anyway.
Oh no they dont!
Not if you are in europe.
An extensive search of the dell uk web site uncovers on rather unispired desktop box which you can buy with linux preinstalled.
The Belgian site has no unix options whatsoever.
Dell should either offer boxes whith Linux pre-installed ( or at least without a compulsary Vista install ) or stop claiming they do.
@Thee more things
You forgot Battery Life