Lindows.com Tuesday said it has begun shipping its first branded low-cost multi-purpose computer called the Lindows Media Computer.
The device includes DVD, CD, MP3 and VCD playback abilities and is expected to compete with Microsoft
Media Center XP, formerly known as “Freestyle.”
About the size of a thick phone book, the mini-tower comes with a keyboard and includes DVD playback software, CD software, bundled Netscape software suite and LindowsOS 3.0.
The box also includes BIOS etDVD from Elegent; a low-power VIA C3 E-Series 933MHz processor; VIA PLE133 + VT8235 Chipset Motherboard; up to 1GB of PC100/PC133 SDRAM; 2 dual-channeled enhanced IDE ports support UDMA 66/100/133; 4 USB Ports, 1 Serial Port, and 1 Parallel Port; VIA AC97 Audio, 3 Audio Jacks: Line-in, Line-out, and Mic-in; DVD drive; and onboard 10/100 Base-T Fast Ethernet controller.
San Diego-based Lindows.com said the units are now available online at iDOTpc.com. No word yet if the company plans on selling its Media Players through its other channels such as Wal-Mart.com.
Currently, the bare-bones model sells for $329 without a monitor, but with options to upgrade to a larger hard drive or CD-RW
“For under $350 retail, consumers can have a DVD player, CD player and personal computer in every room of the house or office,” Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson said in a statement. “‘Instant on’ gives the Lindows Media Computer the speed and ease-of-use of traditional media components and LindowsOS gives it the versatility of a complete personal computer all in one compact box.”
This is not the first time that Robertson has tried to derail Microsoft and its partners. Lindows has included its Linux-compatible software in low-end computers for several months now.
Microsoft has decided to fight back in other ways including a pending lawsuit for what it claims is copyright infringement on its Windows operating system trademark.