Today I went to dell.com and ordered mini10v. Yes, the mini9 no longer exists. I had my heart set on the 9, so I was very disappointed. Dell official product description of the 10 on my invoice is: Inspiron 1011. Like the 9, the 10's screen is backlit, I confirmed via salesperson. That's good. On the 10, the Alpine White is a $40.00 upgrade, on the 9 it was standard. The default color choice included on the 10 is black only. I argued about this and got $40.00 off. They can always give you a discount under DISCOUNT COUPON/APPLIED. So try to argue with salesperson, and s(he) will check with supervisor. This netbook is strictly for travel, so I chose white for low light situations where, with a smaller keyboard anyway, the keys should be easier to read -- black on white. Other than that, white is a boring color and likely to smudge. . . I chose Ubuntu 8.04 and argued for a price cut versus WinXP (same price), but wasn't successful. The latter's proprietary and the former's open source, so they are making a profit here. I went for the 8 GB SSD
drive at no extra cost, which is better than the 9's no extra cost 4 GB drive. There's no reason to waste money on hard drive space when you can just add flash drives. I also upgraded to wireless g/N again, given that this will be used for travel. I also opted for Bluetooth module and a (Bluetooth) wireless mouse in matching Alpine White. I refuse to use a track pad. The included webcam is 1.3 MB, standard, which added cost on the 9. My total cost with above additions is $349.00. After tax, shipping, environmental fee the final cost is $396.00. Oh, the mouse is charged separately and shipped separately (!!), add $26. I think I have a good deal considering the options. It's a mistake to spend too much money on a netbook, since it obviates the original purpose. Once I get up and running, I'll probably jump to the Linux forum . . .