NVIDIA ION: gives the Linux netbook something to keep an I-ON

In the last few days I have heard a lot of talk about what the netbook market is going to mean to Windows, in particular to Windows 7. Many comments I received on my blog seem to think that Windows will be left behind in the netbook market in 2009, in favor of Linux netbooks. Of course I do not believe that to be the case at all and it seems like the support for my hypothesis comes from CES 2009. This week NVIDIA unveiled an extremely small form factor machine that is bound to get people’s attention both because it is small and extremely powerful. I am talking about the NVIDIA ION. Interestingly, the NVIDIA ION runs on … Windows … Windows Vista Premium to be exact. Armed with the Intel Atom 330 CPU, the NVIDIA 9400M GPU (capable of full 1080p HD) and 7.1 audio. This is a system to keep your (pardon the pun) I-ON. This is only the beginning. The ION has USB ports, HDMI, dual DVI, 1Gbps Ethernet, 3Gbps SATA (and eSATA connectors) as well as 2GBs of DDR-3 RAM. I am hoping to get a hold of one to test a little further and be able to report back to you in more detail. Perhaps I’ll throw the Windows 7 beta on it and check out how it handles. Maybe for fun I’ll even install Ubuntu on it to try it out, although I am not sure why, it’s not like I can play any of the hottest games with Ubuntu installed.

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