Wal Mart offers sub-$500 Linux laptop


— 1:55 PM on December 20, 2004

Wal Mart is taking pre-orders for a sub-$500 notebook that comes loaded with Linspire and OpenOffice.org. The 14" laptop has a 1GHz VIA C3 processor, 128MB of memory, 30GB hard drive, CDROM, and a promised battery life of 1.5 hours. Built by a company called Balance, Wal Mart's budget notebook is $200 cheaper than the least expensive Dell laptop. Of course, the cheapest Dell comes with Windows XP, 256MB of RAM, a DVD/CDRW drive, a free printer, and a 2.2GHz Celeron that's sure to outperform a 1GHz C3. Thanks to C|Net for the tip.

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