This PC is definately an interesting piece of combination of the available
low-cost hardware and software.
Since it is using the standard Hardware, there is no quetsion about its
It can be seen like this:
What is the normal use of a desktop ? : Office suite (writing letters,
worksheets and some presentation), Browsing, email and some related things
like a messenger etc., Audio and Video players, Games, Grafics-creation and
All these functions can be easily done by this PC because it has:
1. Fairly good speed CPU (Let's not forget that till the other day,
everyone was using a PI, or a PII for all these things and the software
that did it is still there and working fine.;
2. Reasonable RAM - starter PC is 64MB and then the next one at 128 MB and
then at 256MB - the RAM being standard, can always be upgraded.
Similarily, the rest of the Hardware being used is very much the standard
Hardware that is available even otherwise in the market and is already
being used by thousnads of users across India apart from other parts of the
I don't see the resons of having any doubts about its performance.
Yes, if someone wants to insist buying a P-IV for writing letters, it is
his money to burn.
We are heavily promoting LINUX with KALCULATE (http://kalculate.com) and
the response tells us that we are in the right direction.
LINUX actually helps you reduce the cost of PC and this is further reduced
by this kind of Hardware. It is bad that INTEL has stopped producing its
earleir chips (486 onwards rght through to P-II), otherwise even they could
have had a good share of this growing market. But then, good for the users,
companies like VIA are there to offer the necessary hardware.
Nice to know about low cost PC. However, I have a couple of queries.
Before hopping on to this new machine, is there any measure /
study that was done using this machine. I mean as far as machine
performance is concerned, how is it going to be reliable?..
We can compare by running a program (that incorporates iterative
functions/procedures/modules) and comparing the CPU time / Elapsed
Time with the with the normal Intel / any processor of almost same clock
speed. That would show up whether this is reliable or not.
If anybody knows , please throw light on this area so that it could be
beneficial for people to assess the performance.
The numbers associated with price seem to be cogent.
Expecting feedback on this!
EDP In-charge, DGQA
Ministry of Defence
At 03:24 AM 10/24/2002 0530, Vasudevan wrote:
Now, a branded PC for less than Rs 15,000
NEW DELHI, Oct. 23
YOU can now buy a branded personal computer for under Rs 15,000,
provided you are not very fastidious about Intel processors and
Windows Software. Esys Distribution Ltd, a global IT component
distributor, today launched its `ePC' at prices starting from Rs
9,990, excluding the monitor.
The ePC is powered by VIA C3 800 MHz Central Processing Unit (CPU)
and runs the free-cost Linux operating system. With a monitor, the PC
would cost below Rs 15,000 only, company officials said here.
"This PC is for a totally new segment and we are not competing with
other branded computers," said Mr Vikas Goel, Chairman and Managing
Director of the Singapore-based Esys Distribution Group. "We are
introducing this product as a concept in the market," he said.
Apart from the basic, Internet-ready model, two more versions of the
ePC are available: One at Rs 11,990 and another at Rs 16,990. Both
come without monitors.
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