Asus has released a new Eee PC 1225C, an 11.6-inch notebook device that features the all new Intel Atom Cedar Trail dual-core CPU and Canonical's popular Ubuntu Linux operating system.

It's becoming increasingly common to see PCs preloaded with Ubuntu, while the new Asus laptop offers an 11.6-inch LED backlit LCD screen, a Chiclet keyboard, and a multi-touch pad. The new Intel Atom Cedar Trail dual-core CPU delivers 15% faster processing speeds and a three-fold increase in graphics performance, Asus says, while built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and optional Bluetooth 3.0 make connectivity easy.

Also included are 2GB of memory, up to 500GB of hard disk space, a 0.3 MP camera, and optional USB 3.0.

Available in five colours, the Eee PC 1225C is available online for as little as £298, albeit without the free operating system installed. When the full lineup will be available, and at what price, isn't yet clear.

Still, as Windows 8 approaches, there are bound to be plenty of consumers out there looking for an alternative. I'm thinking there's going to be a growing need for machines like these.