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E-Commerce Times: E-Commerce Site Brings Linux to Mainstream Consumers

Jul 01, 1999, 17:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew W. Beale)

"EBIZ Enterprises... this week announced the availability of its Personal Internet Appliance (PIA), a sub-$200 (US$) Linux-based computer system aimed at the consumer who may not yet be an experienced Internet user. ...will be available through the company's e-commerce Web site, TheLinuxStore.com."

" 'We have taken a quantum step forward in being able to provide reliable, low-cost computing and Internet access to every home, student and business professional,' added Jeffrey Rassas, CEO of EBIZ. 'Linux has proven its strength, performance and reliability in the technical community, and within the server market... We are pioneering the market's efforts to bring it to mainstream America.'

EBIZ, a manufacturer and distributor of e-commerce systems, is negotiating with financial institutions, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and retail chains in order to be able to provide a bundled PIA for $19.95 a month. The fact that the operating system (OS) being factory installed on the PIA is Linux means users will be able to access thousands of freeware and shareware software programs, additionally keeping their costs minimal."

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