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Portable Linux 80G Desktop Drive GlobeTrotter 2.0 Introduced

Globetrotter Allows Users to Turn Any Computer Into Their Personal Linux Desktop

Mandriva and LaCie introduce a mobile USB hard drive pre-loaded with a specially tuned version of the award-winning Mandriva Linux operating system: the GlobeTrotter2.0 in 40GB or 80GB. Combined with the power and unique design of LaCie hardware, GlobeTrotter allows users to turn any computer into their personal Linux desktop.

Following the introduction of first-generation GlobeTrotters by Mandriva last year in Europe, LaCie received significant response and will now offer this second-generation GlobeTrotter through its own worldwide dealer network.

GlobeTrotter is perfect for those with serious capacity and power needs. Unlike CD-R's and USB keys that only store data, or laptops that are heavy and expensive, the GlobeTrotter offers a complete work environment in one cost-effective, lightweight package.

Simply plug the GlobeTrotter into the USB port of a host PC and turn it on. Hardware on the host computer is automatically detected but is not modified in any way. When the job is done, GlobeTrotter can be taken to a different workstation with up to 80GB a user's data including applications and personal settings.

Features include:
- Linux-bootable 40-80GB USB hard drive designed by LaCie
- Automatic hardware detection and storage of profiles
- Pre-loaded Mandriva Linux specific edition with OpenOffice.org and much more
- Free membership to Mandriva Club and Mandriva Online for a month

For computers that don't support booting from USB, a bootable MiniCD may be used instead.

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