NEW YORK (Kyodo) Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to start selling Linux-based personal computers around June in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and China, a company official said Monday.

HP will be the first major PC maker to launch volume sales of PCs featuring the Linux system instead of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.

Retail prices of Linux-based PCs are expected to be 20 percent to 30 percent lower than those of Windows-based machines due to lower procurement costs.

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