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System 76 Starling Netbook Review

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I’ve had the pleasure of trying out plenty of netbook hardware. Just about every form factor and operating system combination available. These netbooks range from the hardly usable, to the might-as-well-be-a-laptop, and everything in between. It’s that “everything in between” space that appeals to the majority of users on the planet and that’s exactly where the Starling lands – but it does so while leaving quite a solid impression on the user.

After plenty of use on this machine, I thought I should report back on the hardware and the OS so that anyone looking for a new netbook might be swayed to the System 76 side.

Interface

The user interface is the Ubuntu Unity interface (that which will grace all of Ubuntu Linux starting with 11.04). To be honest, Unity is one of the best netbook interfaces I have ever used. Not only does it make the small screen space incredibly efficient, it also operates with a small footprint, so the machine seems even faster than its specs would indicate.

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