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Washington Post: Cheap PCs With Lindows Are Well Intentioned But Flawed

Jul 22, 2002, 22:00 (41 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Meneldur for this link. ]

"Wal-Mart, the most mass-market retailer imaginable, is committing an outrageous form of computing heresy: On its Web site, it's selling Windows-compatible personal computers without Windows.

"Stranger yet, the PCs (built by Microtel Computer Systems, a Los Angeles area manufacturer) come installed with a version of Linux, the open-source operating system that has been giving Microsoft fits lately.

"The computers sell for less than many comparable Windows systems -- $299 for a basic machine, sans monitor, with a roughly 10-gigabyte hard drive, 128 megabytes of memory, a CD-ROM drive, Ethernet, a modem and an 850MHz AMD Duron processor ($599 doubles the memory, quadruples the hard drive, and upgrades you to a CD-RW drive and a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor)..."

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