Emtec, a supplier of laptop peripherals, is setting up a new Netbook, called the Gdium, based on Madriva's flavor of Linux.
The 10-inch Netbook runs on 512MB RAM from a 16GB removable USB thumbdrive, a unique configuration. Wi-Fi, VGA-out, and an integrated Webcam are all included. It weighs in at just over 2.5 pounds.
The Gdium runs all open-source software, and ships with Open Office, Mozilla's Firefox and Thunderbird, instant-messaging clients, and a "blog editor," whatever that is. Oh, and it comes in black, white, or lovely pink for less than $400.
There are already a ton of different Netbooks out there, but this one's use of the USB drive for security is interesting. The built-in Linux will make some people very happy but might confuse casual users. We've asked for a demo unit, so expect a full review once we've received one.