Open source “touch book” shipping worldwide

If you are the type who shuns Windows and wants only alternative OS’ on your netbook like Linux or Android but you don’t want to wait until the Acer dual-boot netbook hits a company called Always Innovating has a new open source netbook for you. The machine is called the Touch Book and international orders are being accepted.

The company has announced that orders are now shipping but the caveat to that is that the backlog of orders is large according to the maker. The other catch to the system is that the open source OS is that the first batch of machines is being shipped with beta software. AI says that means that problems may arise with the OS but it will be there for support.

The machine uses a Texas Instruments OMAP3530 CPU with 256MB of Micron RAM and 256GB of NAND memory. The screen is an 8.9-inch unit with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and main storage for the device is to an 8GB SD card. Other features include Wi-Fi Bluetooth a 24cm keyboard and a 3D accelerometer. The machine has two internal batteries including 6000mAh and 12000mAh units.

AI will also ship a converter to change the American style plug to an international plug as long as supplies last and will offer a coupon for a free keyboard change to one that suits languages other than English when/if they are made available. The machine sells for $US299 without the keyboard and $399 with the keyboard.