SAN DIEGO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc. and Mirus Innovations
today announced the launch of Koobox, the first-ever line of desktop computers
offered by a major OEM to exclusively run Linux. Starting at just $299, the
Koobox machines come outfitted with a complete Linspire Linux operating
system, including a Microsoft Office file-compatible office suite, Internet
browser, email, IM client, media players, and a photo manager -- the
equivalent of hundreds of dollars worth of software. Three versions of the
Koobox are available, including a basic machine, multimedia machine with DVD
player and a high-performance machine. For details, visit www.koobox.com.
"The Koobox line is unique in that all of the computers are optimized for
utilizing Linux exclusively," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire, Inc. "In
fact, none of these machines even offer Microsoft Windows as an option, which
is a new, bold step for a major OEM. The fact that Mirus has devoted an
entire brand to desktop Linux shows just how much ground Linux is gaining."
Three versions of the Koobox are available, giving consumers the option to
pick the PC that's right for them. At $299, the Essential Koobox is just
right for basic computing -- a perfect student machine or second home
computer. The machine comes complete with CDRW drive, 5 USB ports, including
a convenient front-side port, Internet keyboard and optical mouse, and 2W
speakers. Inside, the machine rounds out with an AMD Sempron processor,
256 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, and onboard video and sound networks.
For $399, consumers may purchase the Multimedia Koobox, which features the
Essential Koobox specs plus DVD player software, a 16x Dual Layer DVD+RW
drive, 512 MB RAM, and 160 GB hard drive. The Performance Koobox, priced at
$499, adds a super-fast AMD 64-bit Athlon 3000+ Processor to the mix. All
machines come with the full Linspire operating system, including complete
OpenOffice.org office suite, virus filtering and Web protection software.
All Koobox computers include a 90-day warranty, but for only $29 consumers
can purchase an optional premium warranty with toll-free support and
replacement parts. Other expanded warranty options are available as well,
including on-site technical support. For warranty details, see www.koobox.com.
Koobox computers are specifically manufactured and shipped directly by
Mirus, fully certified by Linspire and tested by quality of standards that are
ISO 9001 certified and 100 percent compliant with industry standards. Backed
by 15 years of service expertise with more than 4,000 certified engineers and
technicians, as well as two call centers, Mirus provides a stable and reliable
source for Koobox customers.
"Consumers are demanding to have more choice in desktop Linux PCs," said
Richard Shyu of Mirus. "By dedicating an entire line to desktop Linux, we're
able to give consumers the choices they want with the sophisticated, complete
end-user experience the Linspire Linux operating system brings to the home and
institution PC market."
To purchase a Koobox, visit www.koobox.com.
About Linspire, Inc.
Linspire, Inc. (www.linspire.com) was founded in 2001 to bring choice into
the operating system market. The company's flagship product, the Linspire
operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system
for home, school, and business users. Linspire pioneered CNR ("click and
run") Technology, which allows Linspire users access to thousands of software
programs, each of which can be downloaded and installed with just one mouse
click. The more than 2,400 software titles available in the CNR Warehouse
(www.linspire.com/cnr) include full office and productivity suites, games,
multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more.
About Mirus Innovations
Mirus Innovations, a value-added manufacturer of computer products,
strives to bring innovative digital lifestyle experiences to end users. Its
products for consumers and small businesses include high-value, low-cost
personal and mobile computing solutions, as well as On-Site and Life-Time Tech
Support options. Its products are installed in hundreds of thousands of
households and small businesses throughout North America.
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