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Two more tiny, sub-$100 Linux PCs join the fray

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There seems to be no end in sight to the march of the tiny, sub-$100 Linux PCs arriving on the market this year, and recently two more contenders were added to the mix.

It was only a few weeks ago that I wrote about the Oval Elephant and the Mini X, both of which added fresh diversity to a landscape that already included the Raspberry Pi, the Cotton Candy, the Mele 1000, and the MK802, among others.

Now, there are two more to consider: the $49 Cubieboard and the $89 UG802.

Intrigued? Then read on.




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