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Buffalo, D-Link, LaCie & Seagate sign up to offer Marvell Plug Computers

Buffalo, D-Link, LaCie & Seagate sign up to offer Marvell Plug Computers

Marvell's SheevaPlug wall-wart Linux PC has finally come of age, with the company announcing mainstream retail partners including Buffalo, D-Link, LaCie and Seagate, together with beginning distribution of the Plug Computer development kit in Europe.  The original SheevaPlug has a Marvell Kirkwood processor with a 1.2GHz Sheeva processor, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage; resembling a wall-wart, it plugs directly into a power socket and offers a single USB 2.0 port and a gigabit ethernet port.  Suggested uses included a home server, NAS or other form of network-connected device.

 

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ARM Android netbooks more “snappy” than Windows 7 on Atom say analysts

ARM Android netbooks more “snappy” than Windows 7 on Atom say analysts

Two Gartner analysts have lent their weight to ARM processors and the Google Android platform as potential players in netbooks and smartbooks, tipping the pairing as possibly headed for prime time.  While they recognized that Android still needs fettling for the larger displays and broader usage patterns of a netbook-style device, Christian Heidarson and Ben Lee, analysts at Gartner, nonetheless praised its "snappy" performance on ARM-based sub-notebooks.

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HP Mini 110 Mi and 110 XP now on sale

HP Mini 110 Mi and 110 XP now on sale

HP's latest netbook, the Mini 110 series, has gone up for sale at the company's webstore in both Mi and XP editions.  Replacing the HP Mini 1000 Broadband, XP and Mi models, the Mini 110 starts from $279.99 for the Linux-based netbook and $329.99 if you'd rather have Windows XP.  The listings also confirm pricing for the accessories and upgrades, including how much the switch to Intel's Atom N280 processor will cost you.

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Jolicloud “SocialOS” alpha gets video demo

Jolicloud “SocialOS” alpha gets video demo

Watch out Moblin and Android - if Jolicloud have any say in things, your path to netbook OS domination won't be so smooth.  In the works since late 2008, Jolicloud is based on Ubuntu and has been fettled for faster boot times and improved internet surfing.  It's also been customized for cloud computing, with Jolicloud's creators describing it as a Social OS; Sascha from NetbookNews grabbed a demo video at Computex today.

Video demo after the cut

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Foxconn SZ901 netbook with Linpus Lite Moblin V2 [Video]

Foxconn SZ901 netbook with Linpus Lite Moblin V2 [Video]

On the eve of Computex 2009, some company's just can't keep their excitement to themselves.  Foxconn have been spilling the details on their SZ901, and Sascha at netbooknews.de caught up with the 10.1-inch netbook at the Linpus headquarters.  Under the hood there's the usual Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard-drive and, slightly more interesting, a UMTS 3G WWAN module, but it's the OS which is actually catching our attention.

Video demo after the cut

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