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PC Briefs: Toshiba, XScale, Linux vs Windows

PC Briefs: Toshiba, XScale, Linux vs Windows

Toshiba's sunny January

Toshiba Australia is quite excited about sales opportunities in 2002 after its January figures were the best the local business has ever seen for unit sales. Toshiba's resellers sold over 11,671 units in January, and general manager Ralph Stadus is predicting 2002 to be a boom year for mobile computer sales. "We're moving them out the door as fast as we can bring them into the country," he said. Stadus attributed much of the success to the vendor's 100 per cent channel model, saying Toshiba is now giving direct-selling vendors "a real run for their money".

XScale gets PDA okay

Just days after the launch of its XScale processor, Intel has already picked up endorsements for its new mobile chip from three Japanese manufacturers of personal digital assistants. Fujitsu Siemens has developed a PDA using the XScale processor for the European market, and has plans to do the same in Japan. Toshiba said it plans to launch a similar product in the US by the second quarter. The machine will be based on a 400MHz version of the new chip and will feature built-in wireless functions and dual expansion slots. Casio Computer also has plans to use the chip. Meanwhile, Sony is undecided, NEC would not rule it out, and Sharp has no plans at present.

Lindows vs Windows

A Californian Linux startup has outlined its defence strategy to a lawsuit filed by Microsoft, in which it is accused of infringing on Microsoft's trademark. Lindows.com is developing an operating system called LindowsOS, which allows users to run applications developed for Microsoft Windows as well as the Linux operating system. Microsoft claims the name "Lindows" may confuse customers. Lindows.com will argue that the term "windows" is too generic and is thus problematic as a trademarked name anyway. It will argue the word has been used by hundreds of independent companies to describe the features of a graphical user interface.


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