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Sep 07, 2001, 17:20 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Grevstad)
"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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