Shame on me, I missed that during last week's CES (Consumer Electronics Show), MSI wasn't the only company to announce the release of a SUSE/Moblin Linux-powered netbook. Samsung also announced that they'll be releasing this Linux mix on its N127 netbook.
This release, however, is still just getting out of the starting blocks. As several people at the show reported, the one sample netbook that Samsung was showing still had a Windows key emblazoned on its keyboard. Whoops!
The system also won't be available in the U.S. anytime soon. It's being introduced first in India and Russia. Then, if all goes well, you can expect to see it in North America and Europe.
At the moment, we know very little about this new netbook. I can say that on the software side, its programs will rest on top of the Moblin 2.1's 2.6.31 Linux kernel. Above that, most of the software is from SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 11.
The interface though won't be SLED's KDE. Instead, it uses the Moblin task/Internet-based interface. So, for instance, Firefox is still the default Web browser and Evolution will be the e-mail client, but to get either one, you'll use the Moblin toolbar.
The N127 will use a 1.66GHz Intel Atom 450 Pineview processor. It will also have a 10-in. LED back-lit screen with a maximum resolution of about 1024 x 600 pixels and a 1.3-megapixel webcam.
I know that's not a lot to go on, but it's enough to make me curious about how it will work and how it will compare to the MSI model. It also tells me that, contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, neither the netbook in general nor Linux on the netbook are in any danger of disappearing anytime soon. Companies and customers clearly still want both. Sorry, Microsoft.