The all-terrain, solar powered, Ubuntu Linux sport utility laptop!

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Today in Open Source: An Ubuntu-based sport utility laptop. Plus: Open source satellites and voting machines!

An All-Terrain Sport Utility Linux Laptop

If you're one of those folks who loves the great outdoors, and who needs to take a laptop with you, then you'll dig the SOL from WeWi. SOL is a solar powered laptop that is built to withstand everything nature can throw at it.

The SOL ships with Ubuntu built-in, so you get all the benefits of the Ubuntu Software Center (thousands and thousands of free, open source applications available for download), and the ease of use of Ubuntu itself. Given Ubuntu's popularity and development resources, it was probably a good choice for the SOL.

The specs on the SOL are:

CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M

HDD: Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB

RAM: Kingston 2-4GB DDRIII SDRAM (Options Available)

Graphics: 1080p HD Vide, Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics

Battery Operating Time: 8 - 10 hours

Display: 13.3" LCD, WXGA, 1366 x 768

Camera: 3MP

Audio: Realtek ALC661 HD Audio, Built-in 2 Speakers | Internal mic + 1/8” input

3 USB2.0, Headphone jack, HDMI, LAN(10/100), Card reader (SD/MS/MMC)

Modem: 3G/4G World/multimode LTE

GPS: gpsOne Gen8A

WiFi: MIMO 802.11b/gn (2.4/5GHz)

Bluetooth: Integrated Digital Core BT4.0

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Wow, I love the way this thing looks, to say nothing of the solar panels and general ruggedness. This is a laptop that was not made for sitting in a coffee shop or being toted back and forth the office. This sucker was made to penetrate deep into the wilderness, while still providing a good amount of computing power.

The SOL is probably going to cost around $350, or $400 for one that is waterproof.

Would you buy a SOL? If I was a great outdoorsman, I would. I can see this thing being extremely useful for anybody who has to go out into difficult terrain and conditions.

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