PC maker Mirus offers Linux PC line

Computer maker Mirus Innovations and software vendor Linspire have teamed to offer a line of Linux-based desktop PCs starting at US$299.

The new low-cost computers, called Koobox, are equipped with the Linspire operating system, based on the Linux operating system, and a broad range of open-source applications, including the OpenOffice.org office suite, an Internet browser, e-mail, instant messaging, a media player and a photo manager, the companies said Wednesday in a statement.

The Essential Koobox computer, which costs US$299, is designed for basic computing. The machine is equipped with the Sempron processor from Advanced Micro Devices, 256MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive.

For US$399, the Multimedia Koobox includes DVD player software, a 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW drive, 512MB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. The Performance Koobox, priced at US$499, features the AMD 64-bit Athlon 3000+ processor.

The computers can be purchased online.

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