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CNET News.com: Low-cost PCs spawn Windows alternatives

Jul 08, 1999, 14:18 (1 Talkback[s])
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"With inexpensive PCs and the Internet driving the market, small companies are proposing alternative operating systems and software that stand out by being what Microsoft products aren't: namely, cheap and easy to use."

"...OnChannel and NewDeal, are offering software that shuns the Windows operating system and applications, while appealing to manufacturers and users looking for programs that run well on computers below $200 and older PCs not capable of running Windows efficiently."

"Upstart Linux technology is behind the push at OnChannel to get an operating system into low-cost TV set-top boxes and personal computers. ... Another reason for the appeal of Linux over Windows: "Linux has the highest growth of any OS right now," [OnChannel president Daniel R.] Nilsson said."

"Windows 98 can cost small PC manufacturers close to $80 per machine, according to various sources, making it one of the more expensive elements of a computer. Linux, by contrast, can be had for free. ... 'The price of every single component of a PC has come down, except the operating system,' said Shelly Ohava, an analyst at International Data Corporation, adding that Windows can become a barrier to offering a low-cost PC."

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