"Oh, and while putting most PCs under the Compaq brand
(famous for PCs), offer one home computer under the HP brand
(famous for printers, friendly solutions, invention) ... another
compact ePC-style system, but priced low, brightly colored, and
with sound, DVD, CD-RW, browser, firewall, printer drivers,
everything preloaded with Linux; StarOffice 6; KDE (or Gnome, but
not both); a keyboard hot button that takes users to a friendly Web
site where they can point and click to get more software and
upgrades (but not revealing the guts of rpm, apt-get, kernel
updates or any of that Linux horror); and big "Microsoft Office
Documents -- Web, E-Mail, Instant Messaging -- MP3 Music Files --
Digital Photos -- Compatible With You!" stickers on the box.
Linux won't succeed on the desktop until Linux is preinstalled,
and HP is the best candidate to give it a shot. Or at least to
shake up that "no 'wow' factor, ho-hum PC market" talk."