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Chinese $187 Linux Laptop

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SHANGHAI Menglan Group, a Chinese company that invests in textiles and information technology, said Wednesday that it planned to sell a laptop computer for about 1,500 yuan starting May to tap demand in the nation's rural areas.

The computer - called Longmeng, or Dragon Dream - will sell for the equivalent of $187. It weighs about 500 grams, or 1.1 pounds, and uses a Godson II central processing unit developed by the Institute of Computing Technology, Zhang Fuxin, an engineer at the Chinese institute, said in a telephone interview.

"We aren't looking to compete with the mainstream PC brands such as Lenovo and Apple as we are in a different class altogether," Zhang said. The laptop uses Linux software and does not support Microsoft's Windows program, he said.

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