Several companies--Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Sony, 3Com, OQO, Samsung--have tried to market simplified Internet computers as alternatives to PCs.
And to date, most of them have failed miserably. The public has just not bought into the vision.
CherryPal, the brainchild of longtime software exec Max Seybold, hopes to break the pattern, although it won't be easy. The company in August will begin to sell a Linux-based computer that goes by the same name that will let users access the Internet, store data online and run the usual panoply of desktop applications (i.e. word processing, messaging, spreadsheets, etc.)
The difference? The CherryPal is about the size of a...