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All About Linux: Does an OS Have to be Costlier than the Hardware on Which it is Run?

Sep 15, 2006, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Does an OS have to be as costly or even more than the hardware on which it runs? This seems to be the question that I am forced to ponder myself again and again. When I open the day's newspaper, I am besieged by ad after ad offering to sell PCs at bargain prices, some of them as low as $250. To list an example, I came across this newspaper ad offering the Dell Poweredge SC430 Server which features an Intel Pentium D Dual Core Processor 820 with 1GB DDR2 ECC SDRAM, a 250 GB SATA hard drive and an embedded Gigabit NIC for around US$455. Oh yeah, they also throw a 1 year onsite warranty and free lifetime telephonic support to boot..."

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