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Salon.com: A PC in every pot

Aug 19, 1999, 18:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"When we have free computers in every room, will alternative operating systems like Linux, Be and Amiga rule the world?"

"It's not a PC; it's a 'Personal Internet Appliance.' It doesn't run Microsoft Windows -- matter of fact, it doesn't run Microsoft anything. And it will cost about as much as a nice television set, if your 'free PC' costs you anything at all."

"Much ado has been made about the free-PC movement, which promises, with Hoover-like grandiosity, to put a computer in every home at bargain-basement prices. Since February, more than a dozen deals have been announced -- from national chains like Circuit City and unknowns like Enchilada -- that offer up white-box or brand-name computers for nominal fees, or free, in exchange for a subscription to an Internet access service. More than 1 million people have already signed up for computers from Free-PC, 250,000 went for a FreeMac -- and that's just the beginning. The popularity of free PCs is galvanizing the computer industry to ponder a near future when computers could literally be as ubiquitous as household appliances."

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