Gdium Liberty netbook uses USB key for a hard drive

Here's a netbook with a twist: Emtec's 10-inch Gdium Liberty has no hard drive. Instead, it will ship with a bootable USB storage stick (dubbed the G-Key) that runs Mandriva G-Linux and has over 50 open-source applications pre-installed: including OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird and Spam Assassin.

The novel concept would allow it to be shared amongst users (say, a family) who's individual G-Key's store their own files and preferences. G-Key capacities will initially be 8, 16 and 32GB when the Liberty goes on sale around April, starting at about $400. While a 64GB G-Key is also on the cards, the Liberty's built-in SDHC card reader and three USB 2.0 ports also help with storage expansion.

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I'm sure they have, but if its a bootable USB drive, then you could take it to any computer and boot from it having all your apps and settings right there.

This doesn't say if it is going to be a Live USB or the full Mandriva G installed as if the USB is really an internal HDD..

neoraptor said,
a bit senseless usb is too slow for os(especially windows) storage.
You've obviously never used Linux from a USB. After its loaded the necessary bits into the ram it is hardly different from using a hard drive.

a bit senseless usb is too slow for os(especially windows) storage. Also for that kind of cache you can get some netbook with ssd.