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Sep 07, 2001, 17:20 (14 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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