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Wal-Mart shipping PCs with Lindows pre-installed
- by Tina Gasperson -
Friday June 14, 2002 - [ 01:29 PM GMT ]
In a move that appears to be a coup for Michael
Robertson et al, Wal-Mart's online store is offering
eight different Microtel PCs with LindowsOS included.
The computers sell for USD$299 to $599 and ship in one
to seven days.
NewsForge originally reviewed Wal-Mart's OS-less PCs, a
dramatic move away from the standard Windows-based home
computer. Now the retailer is advertising systems with
the LindowsOS distribution pre-installed, no longer just
moving away from Windows, but now directly competing
"These computers do not ship with Microsoft Windows.
They ship with an exciting new UNIX based Operating
System (OS) named Lindows. This exciting new OS delivers
the stability of UNIX with the ease of Windows and the
ability to run most Microsoft programs. These computer
systems are a perfect low cost alternative to computers
preloaded with Microsoft Windows."
To say that Lindows runs most Microsoft programs is a
bit of a stretch. Wal-Mart says the PCs come with "mail,
word processor, web browser, address book, calculator,
cd player, MP3 player, Microsoft PowerPoint viewer, Word
viewer, and Excel viewer," and buyers get to select
three "free" Click-N-Run applications from the
Lindows.com warehouse (of GPLed KDE-based software, we
No need to be concerned about the PCI 56k modems that
come with the Microtel systems -- according to this
NewsForge report, Microtel is shipping Linux-compatible
modems in these systems.
For a really cheap setup, get the $299 system, add a
USD$49 HP printer (most of HPs printers work with Linux)
and a 15" Microtel monitor for USD$119. And if you're
especially Wal-Mart loyal, you can even add a
subscription to the company's ISP service, called
Wal-Mart Connect, for USD$9.94 a month.