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'Cotton Candy' Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last

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There's been a seemingly endless parade of tiny, Linux-powered PCs entering the market in recent months, including most recently the $49 Cubieboard and the $89 UG802.

It's nothing short of a revolution in computing, as I've noted before, and recently one of the earliest contenders to be announced--the Raspberry Pi-like Cotton Candy--began shipping at last after nearly a yearlong wait.

“You have impatiently (and patiently) been waiting for us to start releasing the Cotton Candy,” reads a forum post from earlier this month by FXI Technologies project administrator Borgar Ljosland. “We are now doing it.”

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