The $500 Linux PC Aimed at Senior Citizens


Linux likely wouldn't be the first choice among those who consider themselves anything less than tech-savvy. However, KiWi PC is using a customized version of the open source OS on its latest offering, which it claims will fill a gap in the current market.

"Until now, there has not been an easy way for senior citizens to navigate the internet and stay connected to friends and family," said Oscar Ferreira, President of KiWi PC. "Linux based KiWi PC provides the elderly with an easy way to stay in touch, learn and game online."

Though one could argue that senior citizens could navigate the internet and stay connected to friends and family from any other machine, KiWi PC's desktop has a custom UI, called the 'Me Menu' that allows users to easily access to their most visited websites and programs straight from the desktop. It also boasts larger icons and text for increased visual acuity.

The $499 computer packs a 1.66GHz Intel Atom CPU with INTEL GMA 3150 GRAPHICS, 2GB of DDR3, a 19-inch monitor, Ubuntu 10.10, DVDRW drive, one-year of tech support, access to a download store, and lifetime upgrade support from KiWi PC.

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  • gprosperiea
    A good user interface for them should never change. thousands of things could change in the lower layers for improvements but that should be transparent for them. they want to find the log in text box for their email in the same place and also, their personalized user interface should be able to follow them to any computer (chrome os looks could give them that)
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  • christop
    Specs are low for 499. You could build a dual core with 4 gigs ram win 7 with 500 gig hd for 520.00 But I guess older people would not care.
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  • amdfangirl
    Well considering the starting price for an x120e is $400 (AMD Fusion netbook) it dun make sense.
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