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RPLinux: China's Answer to the $100 PC

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A while back, I stumbled upon something called the Municator PC from YellowSheepRiver Municator, Inc. At first, I thought this had to be yet another hoax, but as I looked deeper into it, I found out that China has done a fairly nice job of taking the distribution, known as RPLinux, and integrating it with Chinese made hardware.

Hardware and OS: So Happy Together. Here in the West, we have tried to create a market for such Linux options as Linspire, Xandros and other commercial Linux distributions to be bundled with OEM machines. In the end, the results have been far from impressive. On the other side of the world, however, it seems that China has caught up with us in a very big way. See, what I see as different here is that they've been able to get a Linux OS and hardware companies working together in sync. You know, sort of like how Windows is the preferred OS of choice for so many hardware vendors in the States. Over time, I can see the same partnerships happening in China with the Municator.

Closer Look at RPLinux. I was disappointed to discover that there was next to nothing out there about the distribution.

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