With the final version of Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" just around the corner, excitement about the new Linux release is reaching a fever pitch. Now, adding fuel to the proverbial fire, Australian tech vendor Kogan just announced two new ultraportable laptop PCs that will come with Natty Narwhal preloaded.
Late last year I looked at several of the ways you can get Canonical's Ubuntu Linux operating system preloaded on a computer. I also outlined several good reasons for doing it that way.
Now, Kogan's new laptops present yet another option. Due to ship in May, the devices both feature a 12-inch widescreen LED display along with "everything you need straight out of the box: Internet, office applications, music, photo and video software packages, Ubuntu OS & Windows compatible," in the company's own words.
A Full-Sized Keyboard
First in Kogan's new lineup is its Agora 12-inch ultraportable laptop computer, which is priced starting at AUD 349, though presales are cheaper.
Featuring a 250GB SATA hard disk drive and 1GB DDR2 RAM -- with support for up to 4GB -- the machine sports an ultra low voltage processor for long battery life, a built-in camera and a full-sized, ergonomic chiclet keyboard.
Inside the machine are a 1.20GHz Intel Celeron M ULV processor -- the SU 2300 -- an Intel GS40 integrated video card with 256MB of shared memory, and an 802.11 B/G/N wireless card. With a gross weight of about 1.5 kg, the machine also features a webcam and a battery life of about 3.5 hours.
Then, of course, there's the compelling fact that it runs Ubuntu 11.04.
A 500GB Hard Disk Drive
Kogan's other new Ubuntu-loaded offering, meanwhile, is the Agora Pro 12-inch ultraportable laptop, a version that's priced starting at AUD 389 instead (again, with discounts on early orders).
Featured on this one are a 500GB SATA hard disk drive and 2GB RAM along with support for up to 4GB. Once again, Natty Narwhal is the operating system that's preloaded.