Four-in-one PC ships with Mandrake
HP\’s recently launched 441 solution – which effectively offers four PCs in one – is already a hit in centres such as the Limpopo i-Community centre in South Africa and is destined to appear in many other \”developing\” countries in the coming months. The 441, consisting of four
keyboard-mouse-screens running on one computer, ships with Linux and is specifically targetted for the education market.
Built to meet school needs and apparently only available in \”developing\” countries, the HP 441 desktop solution has a pre-installed Mandrakelinux operating system, productivity applications, educational software, and a custom graphical user interface.
The 441 can be used by four students at the same time, saving 50% on the initial purchase price and as much as the 65% of maintenance costs. Each user can browse the Internet, send email, use educational software and run productivity and other applications.
The 441 was first introduced in South-African schools, and will be introduced later in several Untitled 1other developing countries.
\”This 441 HP concept with Mandrakelinux is proof that the IT total cost of ownership can be reduced by an important factor, for acquisition costs and maintenance costs as well\”, says Franois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakelinux.