[SATLUG] Walmart Selling Linux PCs
j at jvpappas.net
Thu Nov 8 08:38:07 CST 2007
On 11/8/07, Victor <victor.trevino at gmail.com> wrote:
> What a piece of trash. I don't know why anyone would buy a PC from Wal-Mart.
As with all things, you get what you pay for. No matter where you buy it.
> Do they even tell people "It doesn't run Windows and you need to buy
> this one if you want to use your Windows software." or do they just
> sell them off without saying a thing?
It can run windows, just not vista ultimate. Maybe not screaming
fast, but it will run.
> Why couldn't they load a more popular and supported distribution like
> Ubuntu or Fedora on that product?
gOS is Ubuntu 7.10 under the covers. Just "Tweaked" with Enlightenment WM.
> Only Wal-Mart can screw up like this. That thing won't sell and it'll
> be a flop when you have dozens of customers take that thing back to
> the store after they couldn't install Windows software or play their
> MP3s without installing a thousand additional packages. None of these
> distributions get it right because of fears of patent infringement.
I would argue that more companies have made larger screwups, but it is
a <200 PC. You can't even get a copy of windows (excepting
non-OEM/VAR, Academinc, or Pirated) for less than that. Besides, gOS
reports that their WalBox ships with DVD playing capability, so I
imagine that MP3 is not a problem either. Granted, iTunes is not
supported, so I imagine that will be a source of a number of calls.
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