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$98 Linux laptop makes Netbooks look pricey

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Move aside OLPCs and Intel Classmate PCs, there's a new cheapo notebook in town. For a mere $98, Chinese manufacturer HiVision is offering a Linux-based laptop, the NB0700, which makes even Netbook buyers look like big spenders.

There is a catch, though. The 400MHz processor is based on the MIPS architecture, meaning it's unlikely to be able to run Windows or any x86 programs. But if it's based on the Loongson chip, there is a chance it might simulate the x86 environment. However, this would mean a serious performance hit as well.

But for those comfortable with the Linux operating system, the HiVision machine offers a feature set competent enough to handle most productivity needs.

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