Lindows becomes portable

The Lindows Mobile PC, with a weight of 2.9 pounds (about 1.32 kilograms), runs Linux operating system software instead of Microsoft Windows and Apple’s own operation system, and it is equipped with a 933 megahertz C3 microprocessor from VIA Technologies, 256 MB of memory, a 20 GB hard disk and a 12.1 inch TFT display.

Other “ultralight” notebook computers with similar features from Toshiba, IBM and Apple are currently priced between 1,700 and 1,849 dollars, more than doubling the price of Lindows Mobile PC.

According to a price comparison chart posted by Lindows on its website, a 2.6-pound (about 1.18 kilograms) Toshiba Portege 2000 notebook with a 750 MHz Pentium 3 chip, 256 MB of memory, a 20 GB hard disk and a 12.1 inch TFT display costs 1,700 dollars, while a 3.7-pound (about 1.68 kilograms) IBM Thinkpad X30 notebook with a 1.0 GHz MHz Pentium 3 chip, 128 MB of memory, a 20 GB hard disk and a 12.1 inch TFT display is priced at 1,849 dollars.

“Until now, laptop computers have been either too expensive or too heavy to be useful for most consumers,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive of Lindows.

Comparing with Apple notebooks, the popular non-Windows based computers on the market, Lindows said its Mobile PC “has a similar shape, size and power as the new Apple iNote but costs less than half the price.”

An Apple iNote, running a 867 MHz G4 processor and equipped with 256 MB of memory, a 40 GB hard disk and a 12.1 inch TFT display, costs 1,799 dollars. The iNote weighs 4.6 pounds (2.09 kilograms) but boasts an internal CD drive.

Lindows, who makes PCs running its own Linux operating system LindowsOS, sells desktop PCs at 199 dollars through Wal-Mart Stores, Fry’s or online retailer