Windows has long dominated the desktop and notebook scene; even today, the Microsoft-built operating system holds over 90% of the market share for PCs globally. Nearly 9 out of every 10 computers in the entire world run on some form of Windows, which means that there isn't too much space left for the "other guys" to fight it out.
Apple currently holds between 5% and 6% of the share, while a great variety of lesser-known systems hold down the rest. Linux is a big name in the tech enthusiast circle, but outside of that, not too many people give it a fighting chance. Good for you, though, because you're probably in that camp that actually gives a darn about an open source OS that has provided the world with something to tinker with when Windows and OS X have both driven you to the brink.
The Open-PC is a new nettop of sorts that runs on Linux, and everything that ships with the PC works without drivers and without any proprietary software. It is truly designed to be ran on Linux, and it just might be the perfect fit for you if you are into this whole "counter-culture" PC movement. The tiny box is equipped with a 1.6GHz Atom N330 dual-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, an ASRock mainboard, 160GB hard drive, Intel GMA950 integrated graphics, a mini-ITX case, 250-watt power supply and a Linux/KDE-based OS that is pre-installed and pre-configured to work with the given hardware lineup.
It should ship at the end of this month in Europe for 359 Euros, with 10 Euros from each sale benefiting KDE. Talk about supporting the Little Guy!
Open-PC is a completely open computer. Only components with complete technical specifications, as provided by the manufacturers, were used. Everything works with free drivers and no proprietary software is needed.
* Atom N330 1,6GHz Dual-Core Processor
* 3GB RAM
* 160GB Harddisc
* ASRock Mainboard
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
* Mini ITX-Case
* 250watt power supply
* expandable hardware
* size: 345mm x 100mm x 425mm
* Installation support (telephone and email)
* 10,- EUR of every PC is donated to the KDE project
* Linux/KDE based operatingsystem installed and preconfigured