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Dell UK has introduced the Linux version of its Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, but potential buyers will undoubtedly be annoyed at the lack of configuration options.

Available now, the Linux Mini 9 runs Ubuntu 8.04. It's powered by the obligatory 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, has 1GB of 533MHz DDR 2 memory, and a 8.9in 1024 x 600 display with a 0.3-megapixel webcam in the bezel.

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Dell's Mini 9: better value with XP?

The Small, Cheap Computer's storage facility is an 8GB solid-state drive. Dell originally promised to offers the Mini 9 with a choice of SSDs: 4GB, 8GB or 16GB. Right now, however, punters are limited to 8GB for the Linux model - if you want the 16GB version, you have to take XP as your OS. Do so and you get a 1.3Mp webcam too.

The 16GB, XP version of the Mini 9 costs £299, the Linux version £269. Since the two models' other key specs remain the same - both have all the usual ports, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - either Dell's SSD suppliers aren't charging much for that extra 8GB, or Microsoft has cut the PC giant a very good XP licensing deal.

It's a pricing strategy that makes it very clear which model Dell wants you to buy. Which you can do here.

Thanks to reader Matt Law for the tip.

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