"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
"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)..."