$299 PCs spurn Windows, Linux

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$299 PCs spurn Windows, Linux

Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys “R” Us shoppers will soon be able to kick the tires of a new $299 PC created by Global PC, a firm owned by Compu-DAWN Inc.

The maker of communications products, such as the e.TV set-top box, is expected to begin shipping its Global PC in October.

The device includes a chassis, keyboard, mouse and floppy drive, all based on around a 100MHz AMD 486 processor and Geoworks Corp.’s GEOS operating system.

GEOS, now in its third iteration, was originally developed in 1983 as an alternative desktop operating system. It has been used since in handhelds, smart phones such as Nokia Corp.’s Communicator, and the Geobook, a notebook computer sold by Brother Industries Ltd. GEOS offers several features that Windows does not, including “instant on.”

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