Dell's new inexpensive Linux notebook

Last week, all the headlines were about the advancements in the Linux netbook at the Computex trade show, and in all the hub-bub, we all missed that Dell also introduced a great, full-sized notebook at an amazing price: the Dell Inspiron 15n.

Or, at least, I missed it. Fortunately, I was given a call over the weekend and told to give it a look. While I haven't had a chance to get my hands on one, it sounds wonderful.

The Dell Inspiron 15n comes with Ubuntu 8.10 pre-installed. Lots of computers do that these days. What's different is that the 15n is a full-sized notebook with a netbook price-tag of $299.

The latest Dell Linux notebook comes with a 15.6" display with a maximum resolution of 1,355x768. It is backed up by an Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) X4500MD chip set.

For a processor, the 15n uses the relatively slow 2.16GHz Intel Celeron 585. It's backed up though by a healthy sized dose of 2GBs of DDR2 (Double Data Rate) RAM. Based on this, it's fair to say that this laptop won't be the fastest notebook you'll find on the market, but it will be more than fast enough for just about anything you'd want to do on a computer. With a 160GB hard drive and an 8x DVD-RW drive for storage, it also has the room to do serious work.

What I really like about this package though is the price. You're just can't get this much computer at $299 in ordinary circumstances. For this alone, the Inspiron demands your attention.

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