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NewsForge: Linux for people who think an iMac is hard to use

Jan 15, 2002, 13:13 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)
"My latest toy is the Internet Computer from OEone . This is a $799 (US) box preloaded with Linux that takes user friendliness to a level you won't believe until you see it for yourself. I found the Internet Computer easier to set up than an iMac, and lots easier to use than a typical Windows PC. But this is still a real, hacker-friendly Linux computer with a terminal window only two mouse clicks away from its default desktop.

I mentioned iMac in the headline because the Internet Computer has a very iMac-like look; not the new version that just came out, but the original version that now sells for the same $799 as the Internet Computer. But the Internet Computer has several features the iMac lacks, like a TV tuner, a floppy drive, and an ergonomically-shaped, scrolling two-button mouse.

The built-in speakers aren't great, but they never are in low-cost computers. The built-in 17-inch CRT monitor is clear and stable, nearly flicker-free. I like the keyboard better than the standard iMac one, too, which has always felt flimsy to me."

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