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Computer giant HP is bridging the price gap with cloned computers, shifting from proprietor software to open source operating systems. Computer giant HP is bridging the price gap with cloned computers, shifting from proprietor software to open source operating systems. HP says it can offer prices as low as Rs. 50,000 for a PC with its brand running a Linux operating system.

In addition, its product portfolio offering everything from PC to printers and servers to scanners has also helped the brand break into the local market.

However, marketing officials say presence is still concentrated in the Western Province – more in Colombo.

The government initiative to introduce computer based citizen services and plans to rollout IT infrastructure in rural areas would help sales, Lackshmindra Fernando HP’s Channel Sales Manager Personal Systems Group for Sri Lanka and Maldives said.

Meanwhile, HP on Wednesday launched its latest portfolio of PCs, printers and other products here in Sri Lanka.

Officials from HP Asia Pacific say the region is posting the highest growth rates, accounting for 16 percent, up from only 12