Shuttle recently announced that the newly launched $199 KPC will feature the Foresight Linux operating system.
The KPC features an Intel Celeron 420 processor with 512MB memory and a 80GB hard disk drive and unlike many cheap desktop equivalent, it comes in a very small footprint, just like many of Shuttle's Cube designs.
With an intuitive interface and user focused design, Foresight does away with the need for users to be familiar with Linux.
A host of the latest software is packaged with the operating system, giving users convenient and enjoyable access to music, photos, videos, documents, and the Internet. Even keeping up-to-date with the latest features and fixes is a simple process with the user friendly update button.
Foresight uses the Conary Package Manager developed by rPath and distributed as Open Source software under the terms of the Common Public License.
With the Conary Package Manager, the system updates only the specific files in packages which need to be updated so updating takes little time and bandwidth.
Shuttle's KPC includes many software packages already installed, including the OpenOffice.org office suite, the Firefox web browser, the Pidgin instant messenger, the Banshee music player, the Totem movie player, the F-Spot photo organizer, and Compiz for 3D desktop effects.