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PCWorld: HP's Linux Laptops Prove Popular

May 28, 2003, 20:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scarlet Pruitt)

"Public demand for the low-cost Linux-based laptops Hewlett-Packard began selling in Thailand earlier this month has been 'overwhelming,' a company representative said this week.

"HP launched the $468 notebooks nearly two weeks ago as part of a Thai government-led initiative to give the public access to affordable computers. The program is being steered by Thailand's Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) ministry, which set price and feature requirements for the ICT-branded computers.

"A representative for HP's Asian Pacific group said Monday that demand for the laptops has so far been overwhelming, with local press reporting that over 19,300 computers were booked on the first day of the program. HP declined to say exactly how many of the computers it is producing, adding that it is still in talks with ICT program directors..."

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