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SF Gate: Upstarts set to launch cheap, simple Internet PCs that bypass Microsoft monopoly

Jul 12, 1999, 22:47 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Norr)

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"Bill Gates may not be quaking in his boots just yet, but a new generation of personal computers without Windows will soon begin tempting consumers looking for a cheap, simple and reliable way to join the Internet revolution."

"PC-makers are turning to alternatives old and new to control their computers' basic operations and create their look and feel. By Christmas, shoppers in the market for a cheap PC will be able to choose among products that run the BeOS, a modern multimedia-oriented system developed by Menlo Park's Be Inc.; Linux, the cooperatively developed, freely distributed operating system that's recently made a splash in corporate and technical markets; and even a new version of GEOS, a decade-old graphical software environment that appeared to have succumbed to the Windows tide years ago."

"The bottom line, of course, is economics. Windows is the one component of standard PCs that hasn't plummeted in price in recent years."

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