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    Very cheap Chinese PC $100-200

    http://www.ioltechnology.co.za/artic...icleId=3565994

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longmeng
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godson

    Wonder how many they will sell. At that price it's pretty cheap and would be well suited to poorer countries. Oh, and Windows cannot run on it.

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    Re: Very cheap Chinese PC $100-200

    Incredible to see how fast China is picking up on "developped" countries... A few years ago making their own chips would have been completely impossible!

    Let's just hope they make the same improvements on the human rights bill in the not so distant future...

    It would be a good candidate for many uses, including cheap school desktops. Not the fastest CPU around of course, but more than enough power for most shool applications.

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    Oh... There are Chinese jeeps too... For 15.000 euros you can get a cool jeep... But nothing is like Mercedes... So these PC are among the worst in the class, I wouldn't buy it...

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    Hey I didn't say it was good for home users... But for schools etc... Where computing power isn't needed so much. It's just a matter of cost-effectiveness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribaal View Post
    Incredible to see how fast China is picking up on "developped" countries... A few years ago making their own chips would have been completely impossible!
    From what I gather they copied some MIPS stuff, http://www.mips.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedivhX View Post
    Oh... There are Chinese jeeps too... For 15.000 euros you can get a cool jeep... But nothing is like Mercedes... So these PC are among the worst in the class, I wouldn't buy it...
    But for people who cannot afford more these might just be ideal, not everybody can afford a Merc. It also introduces them to Linux which is not bad.

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    This is where Linux future lies... Forget about dell... I bet the little ones will invade most countries within 2 years, and will come with Linux preinstalled.

    We should start working on a zero-configuration soho/home serever...

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    Bah humbug. Cheap low quality crap won't help the poor countries very much. First off, if it is cheap it will be sold mostly in the west, a la Wal Mart. If it survives the van ride home it will soon fall apart and end up as toxic waste along with last week's purchases. Second, if it survives the bumpy jeep ride to the poor village it will soon fall apart where the locals will have limited access to spare parts and won't be able to afford them anyway.

    Political noise aside I'm first concerned with China's horrible record on labour and environment directly related to these products. Everything else is a different story. Stick with what is directly related to the manufacturing of these products and it is enough for me to say no freakin way.

    For us old enough to remember "bad freon" and how the west bought a clue and decided that we must ban it and move to better freon and regulated procedures for dealing with repairs might know that all the old factories were shut down and replaced. Those factories were sold to the Chinese where they are now happily producing the same bad freon we banned and since then have built many more with no concern of the lessons learned in the past. In my area we're so happy to have shut down a local aging refinery that can't be converted to cleaner production. Yep, we're so proud. The factory is being dismantled and being shipped to China.

    The air has no borders. China doesn't care and apparently neither do we as long as we can buy their crap cheaply. Poor countries need *higher* quality computers that can handle the harsher conditions and poor quality electrical systems. They need to be suited to repairs and upgrades which is different than our throw away system. Cheap ain't the answer.

    But running Linux *is* part of the answer. Getting them the right pc to run it on is the hard part.
    Last edited by NorthCoast; November 28th, 2006 at 05:26 PM.

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    Those things are going to be low quality in the sense that will have low spec CPU and lower memory, which, is not an issue:

    1) because the specs will be more than enough for ubuntu using lighter desktops, which is more than enough for most users,

    2) because the specs will improve rapidly and should be able to accomodate full ubuntu with 3D acceleration within 2Y.

    In terms of construction quality those little things will be far more durable than an ordinary desktop. The full PC has no moving parts, they are basically composed by a single motherboard encased in a single aluminium box (for heat dispersion). And if you take an aluminium box the size of two sigarette packs, it is going to be tough, very tough... You can probably drive over it with a car and it will still be working...

    The question is: would you rather spend $1000 for something you can do for $100 and takes a fraction of the space?

    I do not think developing countries are the only target here...

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    Re: Very cheap Chinese PC $100-200

    Quote Originally Posted by ago View Post
    1) because the specs will be more than enough for ubuntu using lighter desktops, which is more than enough for most users,
    Ubuntu will not run on these PCs as Ubuntu has no port for the MIPS processors. Does not mean it cannot be ported though.

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