ASUS‘ second netbook from this weekend offers a blast from the past, in the shape of a Linux OS option. The ASUS Eee PC 1001HA is billed as an entry-level model, but will be available in three different versions: the 1001HA XP, with Windows XP, the 1001HA LX, with Linux, or a bare model that comes with no OS at all.
Despite that flexibility of choice, the underlying netbook is pretty straightforward. ASUS have used Intel’s Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive, together with a 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 display and 3-cell, 2,200mAh battery.
As for the casing, that gets a new geometric texturing as well as the style of the Seashell series. No word on pricing as yet, but we’re expecting the no-OS model to come in relatively cheaply, with the Linux version next up (though perhaps still not most popular in terms of sales.