Dell intros new Linux PCs, prices as low as $279

— 2:59 AM on June 28, 2007

Dell's newly introduced Linux-powered PCs may be tucked away in a section of the the company's website, but letting the systems fade into obscurity doesn't seem to be part of the plan for the PC vendor. According to DesktopLinux, Dell has added a new notebook and replaced one of the desktops in its line of machines powered by Ubuntu Linux. The new notebook is the Inspiron 1420 N, which in its default configuration packs a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo T5250 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, Intel GMA X3100 graphics, 80GB of Serial ATA storage, 802.11a/g Wi-Fi support, and a 14.1" 1280x800 display. That setup will cost you $774, and for an extra $20, Dell allows users to pick the color of their machine from among eight hues.

On the desktop front, the new Inspiron 530 N replaces the previous 520 N model. This new system starts at $449 with a Core-based Pentium E2140 processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, Intel GMA 3100 graphics, a 160GB Serial ATA hard drive, and a 17" ViewSonic LCD monitor. Without that monitor, the system's price sinks to just $279—less than half the price of Apple's cheapest Mac Mini.

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