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Sinclair May Return to Home PC Market With Linux.

The fabled eccentric who popularized personal computing in the UK could be about to re-enter the fray with a low-cost Linux machine. Sir Clive Sinclair, who heads up London-based Sinclair Research, is planning to release a portable computer, running Linux, at roughly half the cost of a Windows-based machine. However, the inventor has not yet committed himself to the production of such a machine and stresses that, at this stage, it is just an idea.

Sinclair brought home computing to the masses with his ZX80, ZX81 and Spectrum machines in the early 1980s. The machines had rubbery keyboards and minuscule amounts of memory but gave many their first taste of computing. However, Sinclair lost his fortune on the back of ill-fated ventures such as the C5 electric car. The white plastic car had a top speed of five miles an hour and had trouble climbing hills. It flopped and Sir Clive was eventually forced to sell his company to rival home computer maker, Amstrad Plc. Now, Sinclair Research is working on miniature radios and bicycle motors. However, Sir Clive has not lost his taste for grand schemes. He was recently interviewed on BBC radio in the UK and said that one of the projects that he was working on was an affordable jet pack.
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