SAN DIEGO, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developers of the
leading consumer desktop Linux operating system, along with AOpen and Mirus
Innovations, today announced the availability of the Linspire Mini Koobox,
the first small form-factor Linux machine on the market. Starting at just
$399 after $100 mail-in rebate, the Mini Koobox is based on an Intel
platform built by AOpen and comes with the easy-to-use Linspire Linux
operating system, which includes full Microsoft file-compatible office
suite, DVD player and DVD-playing software, music and photo management
software, Internet applications, e-mail and instant messaging capabilities.
The Linspire Mini Koobox is now being sold online through Mirus Innovations
as part of its Koobox line of desktop computers. For more information about
the Mini Koobox, visit www.koobox.com.
"As the prices of desktop computers continues to drop, consumers are
starting to bring multiple computers into their homes," said Kevin Carmony,
president and CEO of Linspire, Inc. "However, low cost isn't the only
consideration. As you add more computers to more rooms, space and
aesthetics also start to become factors. Buying a low-priced Linux machine
usually means you'll have to sacrifice on style and select from a limited
supply. We developed the Mini Koobox with Mirus and AOpen because we know
there is high consumer demand for ultra-compact home computers that not
only look great and perform well, but also don't cost a fortune."
Measuring in at just 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches and 3.0 lbs., the basic
configuration boasts a brushed matte-platinum case with clear blue plastic
accents, slot-in slim CDRW/DVD combo drive with DVD-playing software,
integrated Ethernet card, and is based on the Intel 915 chipset. To add to
the streamlined aesthetic, ports are located in the back of the unit,
including two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 port (Firewire), speaker-out,
S-video, and mic. The Mini Koobox also has a DVI monitor connector and
includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter so that it can be connected to plasma-display
or large-format monitors. Inside, the machine checks in with 256 MB DDR2
RAM, Intel Celeron M 370 1.5 Ghz processor, and a 40 GB hard drive.
Upgraded versions of the Mini Koobox are also available, including a
version priced $499 after mail-in rebate with Intel Celeron M 370
processor, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, and a CDRW/DVD combo drive. For
$50 more, a third model priced at $549 after mail-in rebate includes an
Intel Pentium M 725 1.6 Ghz processor. All Mini Koobox units come with a
15-day free subscription to Linspire's CNR software download service, plus
keyboard, mouse and speakers. These Koobox models are aggressively priced,
considering the Mac Mini starts at $599 for a basic configuration that does
not include a keyboard, mouse, or speakers. Complete system specifications
and a comparison chart on Mini Koobox options are available at
The Mini Koobox features the stable and secure Linux-based operating
system from Linspire, which comes complete with major desktop applications,
including OpenOffice.org (a Microsoft file-compatible office suite); Web
browser, e-mail and instant messaging clients; multimedia viewers; photo
and music managers; calendaring tools; and more. Access to additional
software and applications is available through Linspire's innovative CNR
("click and run") Warehouse, a software library where users can download
and install thousands of Linux and open source programs. For more
information about Linspire, visit www.linspire.com.
"Right out of the box, you can use the Mini Koobox to do everything
you've been doing on your existing Windows machine -- without buying extra
software," Carmony added. "Average home computer users don't need to spend
thousands on a fancy computer just to browse the Internet, send email,
share photos or do basic office functions. The Mini Koobox is the perfect
second, third or fourth computer for your home, apartment or dorm."
In addition, consumers who are interested in switching to Linspire
Linux from a Windows system can take advantage of several tools to make the
transition, including software such as Win4Lin and Crossover Office, which
allow key Windows software to run under Linspire Linux, and a desktop
migration tool called Versora that allows easy transfer of files,
bookmarks, and programs from Windows to Linspire. Win4Lin, Crossover Office
and Versora are all available for Linspire users through the CNR Warehouse
The Linspire Mini Koobox, like other Koobox computers sold by Mirus,
includes 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 built by AOpen, 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
Pricing and Availability
The Linspire Mini Koobox is now available through Mirus as part of
their Koobox line of desktop computers. The basic version is $399 after
$100 manufacturer's mail-in rebate, and upgraded versions with enhanced
memory and hard drive capacities are available starting at $499. Details on
all available specifications and information for system builders who are
interested in selling the Linspire Mini Koobox are available at
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 thousands of 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.
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with AOpen America's headquarters in
San Jose, California, AOpen Inc. is the world's largest total PC component
solutions manufacturer and a member of an $18-billion technology group.
Leveraging more than 28 years of technology manufacturing experience and
more than 1,000 Group patents, AOpen designs, manufactures and markets
high-quality, state-of-the-art motherboards; housings; small-form-factor
bare systems; VGA cards; white-box notebooks; optical drives; multimedia
headsets and headphones; multimedia and network solutions; as well as
numerous other PC component products sold through VARs to institutional,
corporate, education and government customers, and via retailers to small
business and end-user customers.
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