In comments at the end of the article, one newsletter reader suggested installing Linux on the Acer laptop. Now step-by-step instructions for installing Ubuntu Linux on the $199 Acer C7 laptop can be found in an article by Andrew Cunningham in ars technica at http://goo.gl/T9aMa. Ubuntu Linux software is available free of charge.
This conversion should result in a very useful and powerful laptop for a very low price. With a 1.1 gigahertz Intel Celeron 847 processor, this system won't be described as a "barn burner." However this processor running Linux should be more than fast enough for normal laptop tasks, such as reading and writing email messages, surfing the web, instant messaging, and similar tasks. I wouldn't recommend it for graphics-intensive games or for video editing, however. It does display video rather nicely, including movies and television programs.
The laptop also comes with an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, 2 gigabytes of RAM memory, and a 320 gigabyte mechanical hard drive. It also inclueds three USB 2.0 ports and HDMI-out for displaying video on your high-def television set.
This conversion should result in a very useful new laptop for only $199. Details may be fund at http://goo.gl/T9aMa.