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NewsBytes: Linux-Based Personal Internet Appliance To Debut

“The open source Linux operating system has a leg up over
Windows and Windows NT because it’s cheap and non-proprietary. Now
it’s also in an Internet appliance. The Linux Store subsidiary is
about to launch a $199 PIA.”

“The PIA is a fully configured Internet computer that will
include a browser for Internet access, e-mail, word processing, and
spreadsheet software already loaded.”

“One of the big attractions for Linux users is the vast array of
free software programs that is available, mostly over the Internet.
The company says over 50,000 such programs are available.”

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