Tadpole hopes Java-based systems running on Linux will appeal to business customers looking for an alternative to Windows-based systems. The system includes the Gnome desktop environment, the StarOffice suite of productivity applications, a Mozilla browser, and E-mail and calendar applications. Tadpole's Talin notebooks range from an ultraportable with a Pentium III to a 17-inch desktop replacement system based on a Pentium 4. Prices start at $1,195.
The eMachines offerings are the company's second round of notebooks since it entered the market in April. They're aimed at gamers and the small-office market, and start at $1,549.