Asus Low-End Laptops to Run Xandros
The Linux-based Asus Eee PC 701 is a light, low-cost notebook with limited storage. (DesktopLinux.com)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."