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ZDNet: Blue-light special on Aisle 4: PCs

Aug 17, 1999, 16:40 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"Wal-Mart, Kmart, Toys 'R' Us will all carry new easy-to-use computer from Global PC -- sans Windows or Linux. ...will test market the new low-cost PC created by Global PC, a firm owned by Compu-DAWN Inc., maker of communications products such as the e.TV set-top box.

"The blue-light specials are expected to begin in October."

"Instead of licensing Windows or building on Linux, the company licensed Geoworks Corp.'s GEOS and developed two new user interfaces and a software suite for it.

GEOS, now in its third version, was originally developed in 1983 as an alternative desktop operating system, but it has been used widely in handhelds, smart phones such as Nokia Corp.'s Communicator, and the Geobook, a notebook computer sold by Brother Industries Ltd. GEOS offers several features that Windows does not, including 'instant on.' "

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