$80 Tiny Computer Runs Linux, Development Tools, Controls, and Servers

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| US embedded hardware OEM KwikByte is shipping a low-cost, tiny embedded
| system designed for general purpose computing, embedded controls, and
| database/web servers. KwikByte demonstrated the system running open-source
| packages such as Apache, MySQL, and PostgreSQL within a Debian environment.
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http://www.emediawire.com/releases/E...rweb761074.htm


Related:

Basic and Cheap PCs

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| Several new computers unveiled in recent months have something in common
| besides their budget-minded price tag: All come preloaded with the Linux
| operating system instead of Microsoft's Windows. *
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http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/ar...cheap_pcs.html


Norhtec to Release Yet Another Sub-$300 Linux UMPC

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| According to Barnes, the Gecko laptop will be announced soon, and will hit
| the market at a sub-$300 price tag, in order to compete with the other
| 7-inchers of its kin. *
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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Norht...PC-80456.shtml


The £99 laptop: how can it be so cheap?

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| A new laptop computer for just £99 sounds like the kind of offer found in a
| spam e-mail or on a dodgy auction website. But the British company Elonex is
| launching the country’s first sub £100 computer later this month and hopes to
| be making 200,000 of them by the summer. It will be aimed at schoolchildren
| and teenagers, and looks set to throw the market for budget laptops wide
| open. * *
|
| Called the One, it can be used as a traditional notebook computer or, with
| the screen detached from the keyboard, as a portable “tablet” – albeit
| without the planned touchscreen that Elonex had to abandon to hit its £99
| price tag. Wi-fi technology lets users access the internet or swap music (and
| homework) files between computers wirelessly. * *
|
| [...]
|
| The secret is simple: open-source software. The One runs on Linux, which is a
| rival to Windows but completely free to use. Open-source software can be
| freely swapped or modified by anyone who wants it. In the past such operating
| systems (there are several of them) have been outgunned by the more
| sophisticated Windows programs. However, an open-source operating system is
| ideal for low-cost devices as it performs well on less powerful, cheaper
| hardware. * * *
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http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/...cle3374812.ece


Low-cost laptops make PC makers mull margins

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| “Computers have been an exception. If you look at consumer electronics, a DVD
| player was about $800 10 years ago – now they sell for $20,” she says. “The
| [computer] industry has been able to keep the price flat by focusing on
| gazillion-gigahertz machines running really bloated software and that’s
| worked for years since the IBM PC revolution.” * *
|
| [...]
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| OLPC found a strong uptake for a “give one, get one” campaign it launched in
| North America in November. It discovered consumers were willing to pay $400
| for an XO – the price meant another XO would be given free to a
| developing-world child. It is now launching OLPC America to extend the cheap
| laptop concept for children in the US. * *
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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cfba14f4-c...0779fd2ac.html


How will Linux win the OS wars? From the bottom up!

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| So therefore, best way to win the war of the operating systems is not to go
| after the high end market. *
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http://www.raiden.net/?cat=2&aid=352


Linux Has Won, Windows is Gone

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| Sorry Windows you have already lost this battle. There is no way to reverse
| this and no amount of incentives that Microsoft can offer to convince people
| and governments that they will be safe if they switch back to Windows. Lets
| be honest here for a moment. Would your trust America's nuclear technologies
| to be run on Windows? What happens when it bluescreens, yeah you get my point
| don't you? * *
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http://linuxhow2.com/News/Linux_Has_...s_is_Gone.html