Linare Releases Sub-$500 Notebook PC
Linare Corp. has released a branded notebook using its own Linux distribution for just $498.Linare Corp. has released a branded notebook using its own Linux distribution for just $498. The notebook uses an AMD processor and a small amount of memory, which the notebook can apparently get away with by using the Linare Linux OS. The notebook follows the companys 2003 release of a desktop for under $200. Notebooks costing less than $1,000 are relatively rare; NPD Techworld, which tracks retail sales, doesnt have a category for a sub-$500 notebook, according to Stephen Baker, the Reston, Vir.-based firms director of industry analysis. Normally, he said, a vendor will crack the sub-$500 barrier through a rebate or online promotion.
"This is the best-priced laptop available anywhere for this configuration at this price," said Soma Sundaram, chief executive of Linare, in a statement. "And obviously, the only way its possible for us to offer this laptop at this exceptionally affordable price is because of Linux."