Walmart offers Lindows OS PC for less than $200

Walmart.com, the online arm of the US supermarket giant, is offering Microtel PCs equipped with C3 processors from Via...

Walmart.com, the online arm of the US supermarket giant, is offering Microtel PCs equipped with C3 processors from Via Technologies and the LindowsOS operating system from Lindows.com for less than $200 (£129).

One of the cheapest retail desktop PCs available, the SYSMAR 710 comes with an 800MHz C3 processor, 128Mbytes of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 10Gbyte hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. It does not include a monitor, modem, nor floppy disk drive, according to the Walmart.com.

The SYSMAR 715, which costs $218 (£141), is identical to the SYSMAR 710 but has a LAN card and a modem. The SYSMAR 715 was not available on Walmart.com at press time.

Microtel also makes two other PCs for Walmart.com, the SYSMAR150 and SYSMAR151, which cost $299.84 (££194) and $399.72 (£258) respectively, and feature Microsoft's Windows XP Home edition operating system.

The Windows PCs also use 800MHz C3 processors, and feature the same memory and hard drive specifications. The 151 has a 15-inch monitor.

Walmart.com, Microtel, and Lindows.com partnered to offer low-cost PCs in June, releasing eight different models that used processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, priced between $299 (£193) and $599 (£387).

Wal-Mart is the parent company of Asda supermarkets in the UK.

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