Reuters/Wired: HP Multi-User PC Sparks Debate
Jul 12, 2004, 14:30 (11 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Jason
Greenwood for this link. ]
"A pilot project in Africa aiming to provide a single computer
that can be used by four students simultaneously has stumbled
across one of the business world's basic facts of life: Why make a
cheap machine when customers in the developed world will pay good
money for a more expensive one?
"The question hangs over efforts being made by American
computer-maker Hewlett Packard, which in the last two weeks
introduced the Multi-user 441 desktop, a computer based on the
open-source Linux operating system. HP reckons the unique
design--in which four keyboards and monitors are connected to a
single central processing unit--will save schools up to 60 percent
of their ballooning computer costs..."