January 20, 2004

Linux Laptops Expand Into SMB Market

Linux is gaining momentum on many white-box laptops, but it is still facing an uphill battle for market share against Windows.

Notably, software vendor Lindows.com, San Diego, announced earlier this month that its LindowsOS Laptop Edition would be bundled by Taiwanese system
builder Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) into 300,000 of its laptops for the U.S. retail market.

But some system builders say Linux has made little incursion into the SMB market. "We have not had a single call requesting Linux from our SMB
customers," said Rick Marks, director of corporate sales and marketing at Interactive Computer Systems, a Brick, N.J.-based system builder.

Link: linuxpipeline.com

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