Bigger, Non-Linux Acer Netbook Hits U.S.

Netbook pioneer Acer has launched new, bigger version of it’s Aspire One netbook in the States, testing the appeal for super-portable, lightweight Web-oriented connected devices.

The 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD150 will replace the previous version, which was smaller, at only 8.9 inches. It also will come preloaded with Windows XP Home, eliminating the Linpus Linux Lite option that was present before.

Because netbooks don’t run Vista, the category has been widely seen as an avenue for open-source Linux to gain serious ground in the computing sector.

But the new Aspire One is bigger, without Linux. It could be that netbooks won’t be as disruptive as previously considered, or it could be that Acer has managed to maintain ultramobility while making it easier to do real work. The jury is out.

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