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£99 Laptop Could Hatch the Linux Generation

Mar 04, 2008, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])

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"PC manufacturer Elonex is launching ONE, an ultra-portable laptop, at this week's Education Show at the NEC. The machine provides a 7" LCD screen, wireless Internet access and 1GB on-board solid state memory (there is no hard disc to save on costs). It runs Linux with what looks like OpenOffice for word processing and is being aimed at the education market. It costs just £99 [US$196/€129].

"This product launch follows hot on the heels of growing interest in the ASUS Eee PC which is slightly more costly at around £200 [US$397/€261] but also runs Linux. If these low-cost products take off in the early-years education market then we could see a new generation of young adults who have been weaned on open source and Linux..."

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