ECS launches Linux-powered LCD-based PC

— 3:07 AM on July 29, 2002

DigiTimes is reporting that ECS has unveiled Aio, a "healthy, happy and hardy" LCD-based all-in-one PC. The Aio looks almost identical to the Northgate Integra we reported on last week, but comes equipped with the Thiz Linux OS and productivity software.

Is it only a matter of time before we see fully integrated LCD-based systems running Linux on display at Best Buy or even Wal Mart? We all know that Joe Sixpack loves brand names and high MHz specs, but a cheap system with a pretty LCD screen might catch his eye.

I'm not sure that the Aio's aesthetics would jive with North American audiences, but there's nothing stopping ECS from selling the hardware and letting someone else wrap it all up in a stylish case. I get the feeling we're going to be seeing a whole lot of these LCD systems in the near future, especially considering this juicy tidbit from the DigiTimes story:

ECS expects to sell the Aio through reseller Xander to 700 retail channels island-wide, with a sales target of 24,000 units by year-end. Newer versions based on the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon and Duron chips are scheduled to hit the shelves in the fourth quarter.
Keep your fingers crossed for nForce2, folks.
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