updated 03:00 pm EST, Thu January 29, 2009
Aspire One with Linux, SSD
Acer's recently announced 10-inch netbook, the Aspire One D150, will be offered with a solid state drive and a Linux-based operating system after all, according to a company ">conversation with ZDNet on Thursday. When the PC maker originally introduced the netbook, it said the only available operating system would be Windows XP and has so far only mentioned a 160GB rotating hard drive where the 8.9-inch model has had variants with Linux and SSDs since its introduction last year.
An Acer spokesperson says both Linux and SSDs simply aren't scheduled for the initial launch in mid-February. No other details have been disclosed other than that the SSD will have a 16GB capacity.
The new netbook will also do without the original's second SD memory card slot, which was meant to act as a somewhat permanent way to bolster onboard storage capacity. Acer justifies the move by noting that the increase in standard capacity for the 10-inch netbook reduces the need for the extra space.
The entry-level 10-inch Aspire One with XP and a hard drive will launch in Europe sometime in February, priced at the equivalent of about $427.