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IBM puts cloud on Ubuntu netbook

In an interesting hook-up, IBM collaborated with Indian outfit Simmtronics to make a netbook which runs the new Ubuntu Netbook Remix operating system.

IBM collaborated on new netbook from Simmtronics, which will run the new Ubuntu Netbook Remix operating system

The netbook is priced at around £125 ($190),and will come equipped with IBM collaboration software running the Ubuntu Netbook Remix OS.

The device is aimed at small businesses in emerging markets and is only currently available in South Africa.

The netbook is powered by Intel's Atom N270 processor backed by 1GB memory and runs the Remix OS on a 160GB hard disk.

The wee box sports 10.1-inch display with a maximum resolution of 1,024 x 768; a 10/100 Ethernet connection and 1.3-megapixel webcam

IBM has equipped the netbook with IBM SmartWork enterprise software, which is designed to mash IBM Lotus Symphony with access to IBM LotusLive cloud collaboration services.

Indrajit Sabharwal, Founder and Managing Director, Simmtronics Semiconductors Limited, said, "in emerging markets such as South Africa, businesses need a solution that addresses both price and value. The Simmbook solution does just that - delivering a cost effective, high value and performance system with access to the collaborative tools.”