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Subject: [hangout] Why can't they do it here?
From: Dave Williams
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Dell may join HP in Linux laptop drive
By CNET Asia Staff
Special to CNET News.com
May 23, 2003, 10:33 AM PT
Demand for the Linux notebook launched in Thailand last week has been so
high that other companies may have to be brought in, according to the
daily newspaper Bangkok Post.
Thailand's Information and Communications Technology Ministry, which is
behind the drive to increase computer ownership, is said to be in talks
with Dell Computer and the Association of Thai Computer Manufacturers,
Thailand's information ministry is concerned that Hewlett-Packard, the
original contracted maker of the low-cost "people's notebook," may not
be able to deliver units fast enough to meet demand, the Bangkok Post
HP is producing the low-cost "people's notebook," which is loaded with
Linux TLE, the Thai-language version of the Linux operating system, to
support a Thai government drive to increase computer ownership, reported
the Post earlier this month. The laptop features an 800MHz Intel Celeron
processor, 128MB of RAM and a 20GB hard disk, it said.
According to analysts interviewed by CNETAsia, the Thai government
expects that around 300,000 notebooks will be sold in the current phase
of the program, along with another 700,000 desktop PCs. Local computer
makers Belta, SVOA and Computec will make the desktop models.
The government is subsidizing the cost of the hardware, and will also
provide service and support for the notebook.
In addition to the bare-bones $450 model currently on sale, the Thai
government wants to offer a higher-end version that includes a CD-ROM
drive for $595 (25,000 baht), the Post report said
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