Inventor and entrepreneur Clive Sinclair is evaluating Linux in a bid to return to the IT market with a low-price portable machine.
Sinclair believes the product will get support from the corporate and academic markets because Linux has already secured great loyalty in these sectors.
His proposed machine, which will take two years to come to market, will also be built around a cheaper and "less cumbersome" processor than Intel's.
"The standard PC is expensive because of Intel and the software, which is demanding on memory. The reason mine will be cheaper is it will use a lot less memory, a lower-cost processor, simpler power supply, and lower-cost OS," he said.
Sinclair is promising the machine will be priced at less than half that of computers on the market when it's released.
Sinclair also supports the loyal Linux users in their attempts to get Windows unbundled from PCs. "There should be one price for a machine with Microsoft and one price for one with Linux," he said.
"Linux looks like a way in - a Trojan horse. A lot of software suppliers are now supporting it. They wouldn't do that if they didn't have a lot of confidence in it. I think a dedicated Linux machine will be the next step."
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