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The next generation of Linux notebooks arrives at CES

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After Dell broke the ice for pre-installing Linux on desktops and netbooks in 2007, the other major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) reluctantly tried it out, and, in some cases, like Lenovo, backed right back out of the Linux desktop market again. As 2010 dawns though, Lenovo and HP are both back in the pre-installed desktop Linux game.

Lenovo gets the 'credit' for the oddest laptop, with or without Linux, that I've ever seen. The IdeaPad U1 is two computers in one. Or, as my fellow technology writer Mitch Wagner describes it, "It's the mullet of notebook computers: Business in the front, party in the back."

What you'll get, when the IdeaPad U1 ships in June 2010, is a notebook that runs Windows 7 on an Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor with a 128GB solid-state drive on one side. So where's the Linux? I'm getting to that.

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CES 2010 - Day 1

raiden.net: The first day of CES traditionally for me is the day when all the press are invited over for a quick overview of how the tech industry is doing and the market as a whole as well. And I must say, things are kinda bleak given the reports we heard today, and the things I saw.

The day started out with a "State of the Industry" report giving an overview of how the industry was doing and where it was going. AKA, trends. There were four basic trends, or areas of interest. They were: HDTV, Online Connectivity, a new crop of screen sizes, (5" to 15") and customization of products.

One interesting trend that was discussed was the impending rise of Ebook readers.

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