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Saturday, April 09, 2005
low-cost linux pcs?
Will the Lenovo-IBM deal encourage the growth of low-cost Linux PCs?
That remains to be seen, but it's a scenario raised by Palo Alto, California-based research firm Petrov Group, LLC. At any rate, the expanded Lenovo is seen to give more choices to PC customers, especially in emerging markets.
Here's an excerpt:
THE SALE of IBM's PC business to Lenovo has been viewed by some quarters mainly in terms of China flexing its muscle and eclipsing the US.
In fact, the "loss" of America's iconic IBM PC Division to a Chinese company even prompted the US government, through the multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), to raise fears of the loss of trade secrets and review the Lenovo-IBM deal, before finally giving its go-signal to the transaction last month.
Officials of both companies and some analysts however see the deal as ultimately benefiting PC customers, particularly in the Asia Pacific region by allowing the new Lenovo to focus squarely on the PC market while leveraging on IBM's long experience in the enterprise space to provide support for corporate PC users.