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Open-PC is the nettop for those who won't be constrained by you and your corporate ways

Tim Stevens

Nettops come in all sorts of shapes, from Wii would-bes to keyboard come-alongs, but they're all small, and most are running some variant of Windows. Not the Open-PC. It isn't particularly svelte (345 x 425 x 100mm) and it is entirely free of commercial software, with a KDE core neatly wrapped in a collection of free software. It was designed by the community, specifications and even price determined by a set of surveys, and by the end of the month it will be available to those who said they wanted it -- meaning it's put up or shut up time, Linux fans. Price is €359 (including a $10 donation to the KDE project), a bit steep for a machine rocking an Atom N330 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive, but then again you can't put a price on stickin' it to the man.

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