Alex a linux based laptop unveiled

A new Linux based laptop called ‘Alex’ may be the right solution for people having trouble with their PCs.

With
simplified e-mail, web browsing, image editing and office software, the
new system apparently offers a nice change from the regular Windows and
Mac operating systems.

"Alex is not designed as a
super-computer," BBC News quoted Barney Morrison-Lyons, head of
technology at The Broadband Computer Company which is behind Alex, as
saying.

He added: "We’re not buying into the current computer market."

Alex
users have to pay 39.95 pounds a month for telephone support, software
updates and broadband access apart from anti-virus software and 10GB of
storage space on the Broadband Computer Company’s servers.

Andy
Hudson, one of the founders of the company, said the idea behind Alex
was to make using a computer a "simple and enjoyable" experience.

The BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones thinks Alex is a move ahead.

He
said: "Alex is trying to do three things: win new people over to the
internet, introduce a new – and more expensive – way of using
computers, and take on the might of Microsoft.

"If the company succeeds it will be a huge boost for the cause of Linux computing."

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