Apricot Computers, which returned to the UK market earlier this month with the PicoBook netbook, has decided to kill to open-source version of the model already.

Launched at the Digital Winter exhibition, the 8.9in PicoBook includes a 1.2GHz ultra-low voltage VIA C7 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 60GB hard drive and comes with WiMax connectivity as an option.

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The PicoBook weighs a modest 0.95kg and has a built-in 1.3Mp webcam, a four-in-one card reader and two USB 2.0 ports. A VGA connector allows users to attach an external display. But while Apricot originally said the model would run either Suse Linux or Windows XP, the company has now announced that it won’t be offering the open-source operating system. "Apricot will not be selling with Linux variants," the company told Register Hardware. "Apricot has made this decision to ensure customers have a smooth installation of their operating system."

"The Linux version proved too complicated with initial testers, who would opt to purchase and install XP any way," it added. "Apricot believes that this will be a more attractive product offering for their target customers, because as soon as it is switched on, it is ready for use."

Apricot has also dropped the price of the XP-based version to £299 including VAT.

Find out more about the history of Apricot Computers on Wikipedia.