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Biodegradable, solar-powered netbook runs Linux

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A startup in Spain is readying a mini-netbook with open source Linux software and a solar power option. The under-$200 "Gyy" is based on a MIPS-based Ingenic processor clocked to 400MHz, offers an 8-inch, 800 x 480 display, and is made of biodegradable materials, says iUnika.

The Gyy netbook (pictured), or Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC), as iUnika refers to it, stands out with its bioplastic construction. Fabricated from renewable resources of natural origin, such as starch, cellulose, or corn flour, the Gyy can biodegrade in landfills without environmental impact, says the company. Furthering its "green" image, the Gyy has a casing designed to affix optional solar panels to supplement the built-in battery, thereby extending usage beyond the battery's typical four-hour duration.

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