IBM and Canonical Prepare Linux Netbooks for Africa
IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics have announced the development of Linux netbooks with an Intel Atom processor for developing countries - Simmbook.
IBM Client for Smart Work, a distribution based on the Ubuntu Netbook Remix with Lotus Symphony, will be pre-installed on the devices. This distribution is positioned as a client solution for working within the cloud. The first Simmbook models will be available for Africa, and their cost will be 190 USD.
Technical characteristics of Simmbook are as follows: 10.1-inch display (resolution - 1024 by 600); 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor; Mobile Intel 82945GSE chipset and ICH7M controller; 1 GB RAM (DDR2); 160 GB hard drive (SATA); SD card reader Ethernet port, three USB ports, VGA port and audio jack, PCI-Express interface with Wi-Fi support (802.11 b / g); 1.3 megapixel webcam.
According to IBM, in the future netbooks will be distributed in other countries: Vietnam, India, Thailand.