Computer manufacturer Haleron is promoting a new Linux-based OS that will be able to run Linux, Windows, and Android applications. The new Linux OS is based on SUSE Linux, but it includes WINE, which will help in running Windows applications. There’s also additional software that’s included in the package that will let you run Google Android applications.
The netbook version of Haleron’s new Linux OS is 420 MB. There’s also a desktop version of Haleron’s new Linux OS. Installation can be a bit tricky, but if you’re interested, PenDriveLinux has simplified instructions on formatting a USB drive to prep for installation. The actual Haleron Ocean OS can be downloaded here. You’ll need to register for a free account.
If you test out Haleron’s new Linux OS, we’d love to hear what you think!
Unfortunately, MSI has been returned a great deal of its netbooks by consumers. A few months ago its MSI Wind netbooks running SuSE Linux brought in return rates four times greater than those of Wind netbooks running XP.
Dell’s Jay Pinkert, however, is pleased with Linux sales: “A third of our Mini 9 mix is Linux, which is well above the standard attach rate for other systems that offer Linux.” He thinks the growth of Linux netbooks by Dell is due to competitive pricing on Ubuntu SKUs. To Dell senior produce manager John New, price is key:
“When you look at the sweet spot for this category it is price sensitivity, and Linux enabled us to offer a lower price entry point.”
The extra energy Dell puts into explaining what Linux is may dissuade less savvy consumers from instantly going for the lower price, leading to the low return rates. In addition, the Mini 9 has a nice new graphical user interface for easier netbooking, which may contributed as well.
The HP Mini 1000 has been getting a lot of hype recently, but that doesn’t mean HP is backing off. It has returned to its original netbook series, the Mini-Note 2100, and has delivered a new one: the HP Mini-Note 2140. And if we may professionally say so, it looks extremely cool.
The new netbook has dropped the VIA C7-M processor of previous machines and replaced it with the now-standard 1.6 GHz Intel Atom. It is supposedly being developed for businesses, and has a HDD which can encompass 80 or 160 GB of space.
It has a 10-inch screen with some strange resolutions – 1366 x 768 or 1024 x 567. It’s keeping the ExpressCard slot, and on most counts, the HP Mini-Note 2140 stays the same as its predecessors.
The new netbook will start at $499 with choices of XP Home or Pro, SuSe Linux, FreeDOS, Windows Vista Home or Premium. It’s a great improvement over the Mini 1000 so it should do well on the market.