Gizmodo managed to catch up with Michael Dell at yesterday's All D Conference and he cagily spilled the beans to them on their rumored upcoming entry into the subnotebook field, the Dell Mini Inspiron. Writes Lam:
It's a small form factor notebook, just like the Asus Eee and the HP 2133. He wouldn't tell me what OS it's running, or the pricing, but that it's a low-cost notebook meant for developing countries, and I hope here. Maybe it's Atom-powered. Who knows? But I do see three USB ports, a card reader, VGA out, Ethernet, and that red candy shell.
It actually looks great, unlike most of the recent Eee-like subnotebooks, And it comes in my favorite laptop color: hussy red! Without any specs or pricing, though, there's little reason to get excited. Still, I'm wondering: Dell and Ubuntu have a partnership, and Ubuntu has recently announced that they will be tailoring a version of Ubuntu specifically for subnotebooks. I don't think it's too implausible to imagine that Dell has prodded Ububtu in that direction with the specific aim of pushing Ubuntu onto their new Mini-Inspirons, do you?