Update: The Dell deal is over, but as far as Netbooks go, we’d reccomend the Hackintosh friendly ASUS 1000HE which you can grab at Amazon for $374 with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB HD or $399 with 2GB of RAM.
If you were thinking about Hacking up a Dell or just riding with the more than useful Ubuntu Linux installed and wanted to get it at a Recession-friendly price, now is your chance. From the Toys section: Dell Home is selling the Hackintosh – friendly Mini 9’s in base configuration for $199 – for one day only. That’s $100 off. You’ll need to juice up the specs to at least 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Flash to have a respectable Hackintosh though. Also of note, Amazon is selling the sleeker, thinner HP 1000 Mini series starting at $279 – which doesn’t have working audio drivers yet for Mac OS (you can use USB).
This Dell price point is significant, not only for us cheap bastards, but also because it is the same price as Negroponte’s OLPC. Why not give a really sweet Ubuntu laptop with a video camera to a kid in a poor country. Capitalism! You win again!