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Good news for anyone looking for a state of the art netbook running Ubuntu: Linux system builder System76 created a successor to their 1st generation Starling Netbook with improved hardware specs running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04.
The 2nd generation Starling netbook has an HD WSVGA Super Clear Ultra-Bright LED backlit display, is powered by an 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, and equipped with 2GB RAM, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100, VGA port, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone jack, SD card reader, a built-in 0.3 MP webcam, Kensington lock, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and 10/100 Mbit Ethernet.
The base hardware configuration comes with an obsidian black finish, a 250GB hard drive, and a 3 Cell Lithium Ion battery. A model with a coral red soft rubber finish, a larger hard drive up to 640GB or SSD options up to 160GB, as well as an extra 6 cell smart Li-ION battery are available at additional costs.
The Starling netbook ships with Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), one of the most advanced netbooks operating systems available today, offering a host of free applications for mobile computing needs.
According to the System76 product page for the 2nd generation Starling Netbook will start shipping in the first week of August 2010 for a base price of US $389.00.
The 2nd generation Starling Netbook was upgraded by system76 with a dual core Intel Atom N570 chip and the 11.04 64-bit version of the Ubuntu operating system in Q2 2011. See the updated Starling netbook page for details.