"Entering a market that has attracted the likes of Sun
Microsystems and raised an alarm at Microsoft, Penguin Computing
announced Thursday a new desktop PC for businesses that runs on the
open-source Linux operating system.
"The computer manufacturer, best known for its Linux servers and
workstations, introduced the Niveus 1X Linux desktop, which offers
a choice between Intel's Celeron and Pentium 4 processors. It is
available now directly from Penguin for a price starting at about
$700 without a monitor.
"Penguin said that with the machine, it hopes to address a
movement among some companies, educational institutions and
government agencies to use Linux desktops, as opposed to desktops
running Microsoft's proprietary Windows OS, in specific areas, such
as business call centers. Sun Microsystems announced a similar move
toward that market last August. Penguin plans to begin offering its
Linux desktops in 2003..."
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