updated 11:15 am EDT, Thu May 3, 2007
New Koobox Linux PCs
Koobox, one of the few vendors specializing in home Linux systems, has just introduced its latest configurations. Designed to be strictly functional, the new Essential system is only equipped with a Celeron D 356 processor, with 256MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. The stock optical drive is just a CD-RW model, and if users don't already have a spare display, they'll have to buy a CRT or LCD of their own. It does however come with an optical mouse and 2W stereo speakers, as well as the OpenOffice productivity suite. The stripped-down Essential system costs $300; for $339, users get a DVD-RW drive, plus SurfSafe and VirusSafe for website blocking and anti-virus protection.
Shoppers can now also upgrade the company's existing Multimedia configuration. For an extra $100, the processor can be switched to a Pentium D 930, the RAM can be doubled to 1GB, and hard drive space can be expanded to 250GB. The normal system costs $400 and uses a Pentium 4 630, 512MB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive.