you won't be seeing these machines on the UK market.
This is a brave attempt by the Thai government, initially in partnership with Hewlett Packard, aimed at raising the IT literacy level in the population. I for one applaud their move; I have clients in Thailand, and so I go there fairly often on business. I'm always struck by the fact that there are so few ordinary people with computers - because they can't afford to buy them. This initiative is an attempt to address that, and I hope it's a great success. I'm afraid that it will almost certainly lead to an increase in software piracy (if that's possible) in Thailand, as most people will immediately set about getting hold of a pirate copy of Windows XP to install on their new laptop.
If my instinct is right the Thai government Information ministry - which has bravely agreed to handle the support side of this project - will be absolutely swamped with support calls, and will not be able to cope, so if anyone fancies setting up a help forum for Linux in Bangkok, now's your chance for fame and glory. There's just one caveat.............you'll have to learn to speak Thai.