Going one better than manufacturers such as LG, US-based Frontpath announced yesterday it is shipping its first wireless web tablet, the ProGear, running the Linux operating system and powered by Transmeta's TM3200 Crusoe processor.

ProGear has a 10.4in flatscreen display, a keyboard and a touchscreen for access to applications. The three-pound device features audio, microphone support and a three-cell battery, the company said in a statement.

The device, which runs the Linux open source operating system, also comes with AOL's Netscape browser. The ProGear is available with either 64MB or 128MB RAM, and comes in both thin-client and hard disk-fitted versions.

Web tablets running non-Windows, non-Intel systems are becoming more prevalent, with LG's Digital iPad most recently catching PC Advisor's eye.

Optional accessories for the device include a six-cell battery, a cradle with a USB and charging station, as well as an external keyboard and mouse.

For now, potential UK buyers will have to wait for a European launch date, but don't expect to pay less than £1,000.