With the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC operating system in 2002, tablet computing devices have soared in popularlity. But the technology's high price point has kept most schools from being able to afford such devices--until now.

Element Computer, a Staten Island, N.Y.-based manufacturer, has introduced a tablet PC device that runs on a Linux-based platform and costs only $999. The Helium 2100 has a 2-in-1 convertible design that transforms it from a laptop to a tablet PC. It runs on the new Desktop/LX Tablet Edition OS from Lycoris with a 1-gigahertz Antaur processor from Via Technologies. The Desktop/LX operating system...

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