Acer Aspire One Dual OS Netbook

Manufacturer: Acer
Operating System: Android
Display: 10.1" CrystalBrite LED (1024x600)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.17" x 8.04" x 1"
Weight: 2.79 lbs
Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280
Memory: 1024 MB DDR2 SDRAM (max: 2048)
Storage: 160 GB hard disk drive (HDD)
Battery life: 9 hours
WLAN: WiFi 802.11 b/g
LAN: 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Colors: Black
Input Devices: Keyboard, Touchpad, Microphone, Video Camera
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, SD Card reader

When I first read that Acer is going to release an Android netbook I was happy that they did not abandon Linux in contrast to ASUS, only to learn a few days later that the netbook will be offered as a dual boot system with Android and Windows 7.

This was disappointing as it felt like a bluff package from a Linux user's perspective. I certainly do prefer a Linux only netbook or a netbook without a pre-installed operating system, so I still don't feel very comfortable with this offer.

There is at least one positive aspect though: regular Windows users who buy this netbook are much more likely to try a Linux based OS as it's already installed on their machines. They should see that Linux is capable of most of the stuff — if not all — they want to do with their netbook. While I don't think that this will boost Linux adoption, it may help with acceptance.

I am very interested to learn about your thoughts about the dual boot OS model. Do you think it is beneficial to Linux and whould you buy a dual boot netbook like this Acer Aspire One model?

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