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Shuttle KPC K45: £180 Linux desktop

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| Shuttle piqued our interest recently when it announced the KPC -- a low-cost 
| Linux desktop PC you'll be able to buy for a paltry €199 (£180 including 
| VAT), or for €94 (£85) in K45 barebones form.  


Yet another Eee rival arrives

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| Since Asus launched the Eee PC, several companies have release competitors, 
| including MSI's Wind and Intel's Classmate. 



The £99 laptop: how can it be so cheap?

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| A new laptop computer for just £99 sounds like the kind of offer found in a 
| spam e-mail or on a dodgy auction website. But the British company Elonex is 
| launching the country’s first sub £100 computer later this month and hopes to 
| be making 200,000 of them by the summer. It will be aimed at schoolchildren 
| and teenagers, and looks set to throw the market for budget laptops wide 
| open.     
| Called the One, it can be used as a traditional notebook computer or, with 
| the screen detached from the keyboard, as a portable “tablet” – albeit 
| without the planned touchscreen that Elonex had to abandon to hit its £99 
| price tag. Wi-fi technology lets users access the internet or swap music (and 
| homework) files between computers wirelessly.     
| [...]
| The secret is simple: open-source software. The One runs on Linux, which is a 
| rival to Windows but completely free to use. Open-source software can be 
| freely swapped or modified by anyone who wants it. In the past such operating 
| systems (there are several of them) have been outgunned by the more 
| sophisticated Windows programs. However, an open-source operating system is 
| ideal for low-cost devices as it performs well on less powerful, cheaper 
| hardware.      


Mini-laptop sweeps through schools

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| RM, the company supplying the Minibook computer to schools, sold out its 
| first order of 6,000 within weeks, and is now projecting school sales of 
| 30,000 by the end of the year. They are attracting the attention of IT 
| teachers, and with them a multimillion-pound market in school computing so 
| far dominated by Microsoft, the Goliath to RM's David.    
| [...]
| Last year the government spent £801m on IT equipment for schools. Microsoft 
| has the lion's share of the market, but the Minibooks circumvent this iron 
| grip by using Linux open source software instead of Microsoft Windows Vista.  



How will Linux win the OS wars? From the bottom up! 

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| So therefore, best way to win the war of the operating systems is not to go 
| after the high end market.  


Low-cost laptops make PC makers mull margins

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| “Computers have been an exception. If you look at consumer electronics, a DVD 
| player was about $800 10 years ago – now they sell for $20,” she says. “The 
| [computer] industry has been able to keep the price flat by focusing on 
| gazillion-gigahertz machines running really bloated software and that’s 
| worked for years since the IBM PC revolution.”    
| [...]
| OLPC found a strong uptake for a “give one, get one” campaign it launched in 
| North America in November. It discovered consumers were willing to pay $400 
| for an XO – the price meant another XO would be given free to a 
| developing-world child. It is now launching OLPC America to extend the cheap 
| laptop concept for children in the US.    

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Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> Shuttle KPC K45: £180 Linux desktop

I'd consider this if it weren't for the Intel CPU. Shuttle do AMD
systems too though.


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3/27/2008 12:14:56 AM
____/ [H]omer on Thursday 27 March 2008 00:14 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Shuttle KPC K45: £180 Linux desktop
> I'd consider this if it weren't for the Intel CPU. Shuttle do AMD
> systems too though.

Yeah, seen that too. Intel is still being grilled at Europe, but to restore
fair competition can be hard. It's like trying to punish a country for nuking
another. You can never bring the victims back to life.

By lacking regulation, the US has done itself no favours. It grew an army of
predators, in-house.

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