Cheap PCs: Number of $400 Notebook PCs Is Rising

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| Can you trust a PC that costs less than $400? Yes, you can, provided you
| understand what you're getting and what you're not. It's becoming clear that
| 2008 will bring a flood of new notebook PCs that cost less than $300.
| (Amazing to think you can buy a PC or a nice dinner for two in NYC.)

Cheap PCs for the Post-Holiday Rush

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| You might be tempted to get the $199 Everex gPC, since it is marketed
| as "green and energy efficient" (true), since it is running Linux, so you
| don't have to pay Microsoft its tithe (true again), and because Everex touts
| it as a "Google-oriented PC" (not so true). The Everex isn't a "Google PC"
| because Google Inc. doesn't endorse it, but it does have some Google apps
| pre-installed and there is a Google search bar built into the desktop (that
| doesn't quite work the way you'd expect—see my review).

Quote for the day:

"Hey, Steve, just because you broke into Xerox’s store before I did and took
the TV doesn’t mean I can’t go in later and steal the stereo."

--Bill Gates, Microsoft


Linux is about to take over the low end of PCs

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| Opinion -- Sometimes, several unrelated changes come to a head at the same
| time, with a result no one could have predicted. The PC market is at such a
| tipping point right now and the result will be millions of Linux-powered PCs
| in users' hands. *
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| Microsoft will fight this trend tooth and nail. It will cut prices to the
| point where it'll be bleeding ink on some of its product lines. And Windows
| XP is going to stick around much longer than Microsoft ever wanted it to.
| Still, it won't be enough. By attacking from the bottom, where Microsoft can
| no longer successfully compete, Linux will finally cut itself a large slice
| of the desktop market pie. * * *

This time for sure on mobile Linux

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| The Wal-Mart Linux PC, priced at $198, is sold out. Zonbu seems to be gaining
| traction, with a notebook priced at $279.
| “You’re seeing incredibly improved device drivers. We’ve got hundreds now.
| This is a phenomenal effort that plays to the strength of Linux, a volunteer
| community representing millions of dollars in free development. *
| “You’re seeing more manufacturers shipping Linux desktops, PCs and laptops
| but also mobile Internet devices from Acer, Motorola’s Razr, TiVo…there’s a
| slew of new devices coming out.” *