Asus Low-End Laptops to Run Xandros

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-07-20 Print this article Print

The Linux-based Asus Eee PC 701 is a light, low-cost notebook with limited storage. (

In early June, Asustek Computer and Intel announced at Computex Taipei that they would soon be releasing a low-end $199 subnotebook PC, the Asus Eee PC 701. It appears to be on schedule, and when it arrives in customers hands in late August or early September it will be running a variation of Xandros Desktop Linux. At a fraction of the cost of most laptops, the Asus Eee PC cuts corners on features. Still, Intel and Asustek are certain that theres a growing market for low-priced subnotebooks.
In an IDC analysis of the U.S. consumer PC market, Richard Shim, IDCs research manager for personal computing, said, "We believe the consumer PC market segment is in the midst of a major change that will push notebook penetration further into the mainstream market."
Click here to read more about the Asus EEE PC. Intel and Asustek arent the only companies that believe people are ready for a subnotebook that costs less than an iPhone. In addition to the Linux-powered result of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, there is the also Linux-powered but slightly more pricey Foleo, recently released by Palm. Read the full story on Asus Low-End Laptops to Run Xandros Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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