" Microsoft will not cut the price on its Windows operating system to compete with a $199 personal computer that runs rival operating software, the number one software company's CEO said yesterday.
Walmart.com, the online shopping site of the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart, has been selling a $199 personal computer -- monitor and modem not included -- that runs the Lindows operating system.
LindowsOS, from San Diego, California-based Lindows.com, is based on the Linux operating system, which is a free, open source operating system that is increasingly being used by large corporations for back-end systems. But it has made few inroads in PCs.
The computer is made by Microtel Computer Systems and runs on a microprocessor from VIA Technologies, the Taiwan chip-maker.
"Somebody is subsidising that hardware. Somebody is losing -- people know what power supplies and processors cost," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at a Gartner technology conference here."