Ubuntu Linux Netbooks: Yes, They Will Be Free
In September 2008, MSPmentor (WorksWithU’s sister site) predicted broadband providers eventually would offer Ubuntu netbooks for free with monthly broadband service contracts. Here’s some new evidence that we’re marching in that direction.
Check out former PC Week Editor John Dodge’s post about $100 netbooks that are part of broadband packages. Dodge has been tracking Netbooks closely in recent weeks, and putting them through real-world tests.
Of course, my headline is slightly misleading because the $100 netbooks frequently involve Windows XP systems. But hey, WorksWithU is devoted to Ubuntu. Over the next year or so, I’m confident Netbook pricetags will march to zero ($0.00) — and cellular companies will eat the hardware costs for netbooks that are part of 3G broadband and WiFi plans.
I can even imagine a Starbucks-branded Ubuntu netbook that’s free and includes AT&T’s WiFi service for the retail coffee chain. (Please remember: You read that here first, and I’d like 1 percent of the proceeds to help fund Nine Lives Media Inc.’s next site launch.)