Low-Cost Linux-based Laptop Hits U.S. Market

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-01-08 Print this article Print

Lindows.com's Linux operating system is bundled in a Taiwanese laptop with a price tag of $699.

A Taiwanese computer maker on Thursday said it is shipping low-cost laptops to the United State that run a desktop version of the Linux operating system. Priced at $699, the laptops from Taipei-based Elitegroup Computer System Co. Ltd. run Lindows.com Inc.s LindowsOS Laptop Edition, its desktop Linux tailored for mobile devices, Lindows.com announced this week. Elitegroup is shipping 300,000 of the model A535 laptops for the U.S. market. The laptops weigh six pounds and include built-in Wi-Fi support for 802.11b networks.
The laptops run on an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. 4, 1400+ processor and consist of 128MB of on-board memory that can be upgraded to 640MB. They are equipped with a 2.5-inch hard drive with up to 80GB of storage.
"This 300,000 deployment demonstrates that 2004 will be the year of the Linux laptop," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of San Diego, Calif.-based Lindows.com, in a statement. What does the year ahead hold for mobile computing? Click here to read some predictions for notebooks and other mobile devices. The deal between Lindows.com and Elitegroup comes despite Microsoft Corp.s ongoing trademark dispute with Lindows.com. Microsofts U.S. trademark infringement case against Lindows.com is expected to reach a trial this year, while a Swedish court last month awarded Microsoft a temporary injunction against Lindows.com as the dispute moved overseas. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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