updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed July 25, 2007
Medison Celebrity Notebook
PC builder Medison claimed to have solved the cost problems associated with full-size notebooks and has introduced the Celebrity, a new 14-inch system that blends free software and low-cost parts to achieve a $150 price Rather than incur the license costs of Windows, the designer loads the system with Red Hat's freely available Fedora Linux. Doing so also allows the design to run on inexpensive components without sacrificing responsiveness; the reference system is powered by just a 1.5GHz Celeron M with 256MB of memory and 40GB of storage.
In spite of the cost, the Celebrity still ships from the factory with 802.11g wireless and a PC Card slot for adding mobile broadband or card readers. Medison officially sells the notebook in the US through 2Checkout but warns that shipping takes between 4-6 weeks depending on demand and will typically incur extra fees to help accommodate 2Checkout's delivery costs. [via Crave]