March 3, 2004

XP-Lite fails to undercut Linux

Microsoft's attempts to prevent Linux from over-running Asia look shaky with the news that a special low-cost, cut-down version of Windows XP still
works out more expensive than a Linux box.

The software giant has recognised that price is a critical factor in the poorer countries of the world and so has created a special XP-Lite version
with which to entice new users.

However a PC programme by the Malaysian government, for which Microsoft has contributed a special Bahasa Melayu (the Malay language) version of
Windows XP, offers low-cost PCs with either Windows or Linux on.



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