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ComputerWorld: Compaq readies sub-$500 desktop with Win 2K, management features

Jan 17, 2000, 21:40 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hamblen)

[ This is the Windows-based system announced in November; no word on similar systems that may use Linux - see last "related story" below - LT ed. ]

"Compaq Computer Corp. plans to ship its long-awaited sub-$500, Universal Serial Bus-based PC at the end of January, running both Windows 2000 and PC management software that is designed to make deployment cheaper and easier [in large corporate settings].

The $499 iPAQ desktop computers will include new automatic PC management software agent from Altiris Inc. in Lindon, Utah."

"iPAQ, announced in November, has a different shape and a sleek, black-and-silver color scheme, but is mostly important for its 'legacy-free' components. That means it comes without a serial or parallel port or a Peripheral Component Interconnect expansion bus, using three Universal Serial Bus slots on the rear instead. (iPAQ will also ship in a separate version that has legacy ports, however.)"

"Other large PC makers are planning legacy-free machines, including Dell Computer Corp., with the Webpc for consumers at first, IBM with the Edge of Network concept and Hewlett-Packard Co. with the e-PC concept."

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