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Palo Alto start-up Zonbu will begin selling a simplified Linux-based PC for $99, which runs on roughly one-twentieth the power of an average computer. The idea behind the computer is to provide a subscription-based, appliance-like computer tailored to consumers who have no computer expertise.
I think this could turn out to be interesting, what about you?

EDIT: I found a link to the company's site...check it out, I don't think it's that bad of an idea. 99 dollars plus the 20 dollars a month for 100gb of online storage.

http://www.zonbu.com/device/pricing.htm
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Wow, the video makes it look neat.

http://www.zonbu.com/learn/demo.htm
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...OR you could just buy a two hundred dollar computer (currently that'd get you a decent P4 with a keyboard, mouse, cables) every year, saving nine hundred dollars for the cost of your broadband internet... Really, it's a silly idea. Why would anyone waste their money like this?
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Looks great for low-knowledge users who just need a basic machine, and that Linux distro looks nice.
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Looks great for low-knowledge users who just need a basic machine, and that Linux distro looks nice.
Looks to me like a modified version of XFCE. I wonder what their base platform is?
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Looks to me like a modified version of XFCE. I wonder what their base platform is?
Modified Gentoo.
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Modified Gentoo.
Isn't Gentoo by definition modified? I mean, Gentoo is aimed at people that want to customize and optimize their OS for their computer.
     
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Isn't Gentoo by definition modified? I mean, Gentoo is aimed at people that want to customize and optimize their OS for their computer.
Gentoo has the concept of the source-based distro though, just as Red Hat/Fedora and their clones are RPM-based and the Debian clones are DEB-based. Portage can be used with other distributions.
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Looks to me like a modified version of XFCE. I wonder what their base platform is?
Its the K Desktop Environment (KDE) running, not XFCE, both of which are desktop environments and not operating systems by the way.

It's probably slackware based.

And for those kind of specs, a PC of that size and stature could be self-built for $150-200, and you'd never have to pay those silly subscription fees.

It's an idea I guess, made for people who can't self build a cardboard box .
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Its the K Desktop Environment (KDE) running, not XFCE, both of which are desktop environments and not operating systems by the way.

It's probably slackware based.
I know about the differences between a desktop environment and an OS.
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