LaCie released a 40 GB mobile hard drive that plugs into any computer’s USB port. What makes this newsworthy is the $219 device comes with Mandrakelinux 10.0 preinstalled on it. Simply plug this drive into any computer and you have an instant Linux system ready to go. The aptly named Globetrotter has OpenOffice, Evolution, and KDE Kontact preinstalled making for a complete Linux system in a tiny box. No word yet on exactly how small the Globetrotter is but I suspect it’s very small. At this low price it’s almost worth getting one just to check it out when it begins shipping at the end of August. Thanks to CNET for this heads-up.