low-cost linux pcs?

04/9/05 at 6:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Will the Lenovo-IBM deal encourage the growth of low-cost Linux PCs?

That remains to be seen, but it’s a scenario raised by Palo Alto, California-based research firm Petrov Group, LLC. At any rate, the expanded Lenovo is seen to give more choices to PC customers, especially in emerging markets.

Here’s an excerpt:

THE SALE of IBM’s PC business to Lenovo has been viewed by some quarters mainly in terms of China flexing its muscle and eclipsing the US.

In fact, the “loss” of America’s iconic IBM PC Division to a Chinese company even prompted the US government, through the multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), to raise fears of the loss of trade secrets and review the Lenovo-IBM deal, before finally giving its go-signal to the transaction last month.

Officials of both companies and some analysts however see the deal as ultimately benefiting PC customers, particularly in the Asia Pacific region by allowing the new Lenovo to focus squarely on the PC market while leveraging on IBM’s long experience in the enterprise space to provide support for corporate PC users.

Read my Infotech article.

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  1. It would be low-cost without the 6k Windoze.

  2. Have you seen the new Compaq Presario 2202 laptop which is available at major PC shops running MDK 9.1 and costs only 50k, you can get it at 0% interest for 12 months and has a free printer. It’s a steal for a laptop and it runs Linux. If you buy the same version with XP Home installed, you add 9k to the price. Jeezz…

    This country needs alternatives and this product is a good sign.

  3. Jerome Gotangco is right.

    And Mandrake 9.1 isn’t so bad. Plus you could tweak it to meet your needs. There’s a lot of great open source apps out there. We shouldn’t be confined to the proprietary ones, especially when we are also considering the cost.

    Windows 98 may be relatively cheap but for the sake of support services, one is forced to go Win XP or Win 2000 at the very least. Have you tried using GNU/Linux? It is nice and not so tough to use contrary to what has been thought and said about it. =) I could even show you how Linux works without having to install it 😉


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