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Gallery: HP adds custom Linux OS to netbooks

HP unveils its own custom Linux OS to power a new lineup of netbooks based on Intel's Atom chip. The HP Mini 1000 will come in three flavors that are expected to hit the streets in December 2008 and January 2009.

Matthew Miller says the new Mini 1000 has much better pricing options and that large 10.2-inch screen. Larry Dignan says these mobile Internet devices are really a Trojan horse for desktop Linux.

The most colorful of the trio is the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition which is targeted for "Internet centric fashionistas" and will available in mid-December. It is expected to start at $699.