Wal-Mart PC: Should I Buy One?

I’d love to hear from readers who know a bit about the new Everex PC that Wal-Mart is carrying. It sounds like an under-powered PC to me. And at $200, I wonder if it’s too cheap to be an effective Web/personal productivity home computer for my kids. Anyone have any thoughts? I already have a Dell Ubuntu PC (I like it) and a MacBook Pro (I love it). I’m leaning toward an iMac for my next family PC. But I’m wondering if there are some good, reliable, low-cost alternatives with Ubuntu pre-installed. Thoughts on the Everex system — and alternatives — are welcome.

Wall Street Journal’s Mossberg Gives Ubuntu a Look

Yes, The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg is an influential guy. He can make-or-break products with his columns and product reviews. And he has taken a look at Ubuntu. Before you slam Walt for pointing out Ubuntu’s potential weak points, I think the Ubuntu community has to take a deep breath and admit the Walt has some valid points.

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Get to Know Parallels

You might recall that I’ve got both a MacBook Pro (running Mac OS) and a Dell PC (running Ubuntu). I’m in the market for another PC, and just received a friendly reminder from the PR folks at Parallels — the company that makes virtualization software for Mac hardware. One of my PR sources at Parallels tells me that the company has sold 650,000 licenses for the virtualization software over the past year. And as I work at trade shows and conferences, I can’t help but notice all the Mac users who leverage Parallels for Windows and Linux virtualization. Continue reading

How to Make Ubuntu Support iPods

A few days ago, I mentioned that my biggest challenge with Ubuntu involved my son. The only reason he continues to use our Windows PC is because of iTunes support. So I asked readers for some suggestions: Are there ways to (A) make Ubuntu work well with iTunes and/or (B) make Ubuntu work well with an iPod. I got flooded with suggestions. Here are some of the most interesting ones. Continue reading