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04 June 2009, 12:29

Linux based CrunchPad "a few weeks away"

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Zoom The TechCrunch CrunchPad "Launch Prototype"
According to a post on TechCrunch The CrunchPad, a Linux based, browser only, touch screen computer is close to being launched. The CrunchPad started life as an idea of TechCrunch's founder, Michael Arrington, who wanted a simple tablet style computer for browsing the web that cost around $200. TechCrunch have shown the development of the idea, from early concepts last summer through various prototypes, and have now created the "launch prototype", a sleek, black, 18mm thick tablet with a 12 inch touch screen.

Inside the CrunchPad is believed to be an Intel Atom processor running a Linux based operating system which boots into a WebKit based browser. The software has been developed with TechCrunch's partner Fusion Garage. The only difference between Arrington's original idea and the final version is the price, which will probably be $300. The launch is scheduled for some time in July.


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