An answer to the $100 PC?

by admin October 13, 2005 at 7:14 pm

George Ou asked in a recent blog post whether a $100 PC was possible. Well, perhaps we are missing the solution because we are limiting ourselves to traditional conceptions of a PC.

That notion occurred to me as I was reading an article on Tom’s Hardware Guide about a computer-on-a-stick concept. The product in question included a preinstalled version of Linux plus a bunch of open source software (OpenOffice, Firefox, GAIM Instant Messenger and some PDF generation tools). As someone who finds Linux to be about as much fun as dancing with a woman covered in 3-inch thorns, it’s worth pointing out that it’s possible to do the same with a Windows OS?¢‚Ǩ¬¶but it WOULD be more expensive.

Of course, it’s not REALLY a computer, as it has no CPU to run anything. Rather, it’s just a bootable USB Flash drive that has a bunch of software preinstalled.

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