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NewsForge: Review: LindowsOS Computer from Wal-Mart.com

Jul 03, 2002, 19:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

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"It was with great anticipation that I began looking at Wal-Mart's latest offering: a Microtel PC with LindowsOS preloaded. I had reviewed the OS-less Microtel computer from Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and I hoped that this, the first consumer-focused Linux-based PC to appear from a major U.S. retailer, would be a great product for Linux newbies. Unfortunately, no matter how much I try to like this system, I am not comfortable recommending it to novice users.

"For this review, Microtel provided us with a AMD Duron 850 MHz system, with 10 GB Maxtor hard drive, 128 MB of memory, and 52x Samsung CDROM drive. Sound and video are integrated on the motherboard. Sound is supported through the VIA chipset, while the Trident Cyber Blade video shares main memory to do its tasks. The modem is a 56K Lucent software modem, but LindowsOS already has the appropriate driver installed. Absent from the system is a floppy drive, which I suppose is less than useful for a system that will upgrade its software from the Internet..."

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