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PCWorld: Desktop Linux Products on Parade

Feb 24, 2003, 20:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexandra Krasne)

"Attendees of the Desktop Linux Summit here have spent the past two days reveling in the growing number of games, PCs, software applications, and peripherals that are now compatible with the underdog operating system.

"Designed to spread the word about Linux on the desktop and to teach the almost 550 attendees about the open-source operating system, the show also served as a platform for new product announcements, including several from the show's host, LindowsOS.

"VIA Technologies played host to one of the most popular booths at the show, where attendees could see the company's own reference version of a Media Center PC. Built and sold by IDotPC.com, the Hi-Fi PC is housed in a fancy brushed-aluminum box the size of a toaster.

"The system, which includes a subwoofer and two funky 2.1-channel satellite speakers, plays DVDs, MP3s, and CDs. Due by mid-March, the machine will sell in the sub-$700 rage. Although this model doesn't have a monitor, TV tuner, or functionality as a personal video recorder, other vendors, including Lindows, have signed on to build their own versions of the PC that may include those features..."

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