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.

Landmark Day for Desktop Linux

Sure, everyone in the Ubuntu community knows Gutsy Gibbon arrives today. But what about the mainstream media? And what about everyday consumers who know Mac OS and Windows — but don’t even realize Linux is an option for them? Here’s a blog entry I just wrote over on TechIQ. It explains the importance of Gutsy Gibbon to the broader PC market. Take a look… Continue reading

Ubuntu’s Win Is Linspire’s Loss?

Here’s a strange story from the folks at CRN — the old reseller publication from CMP Publications. They mention that demand is soft for the latest Linspire release. Hmmm. I have to admit I’ve never even tried Linspire. And I bet most mainstream Windows folks have never even heard of it. The article speaks broadly about Linux not doing very well on the desktop. And it barely mentions Ubuntu.

I’ve got to wonder: Why didn’t CRN mention that the buzz for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon is overwhelming, and more PC companies are taking a close look at Ubuntu? Maybe demand for Linspire is weak because most desktop Linux enthusiasts are gearing up for Ubuntu 7.10.

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Dell Joins Countdown to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

It’s time to give Dell a little credit, folks. By agreeing to offer Ubuntu on selected systems earlier this year, the company has opened itself up to a flood of ideas from passionate Linux users. In fact, the Dell IdeaStorm website remains flooded with thousands of Ubuntu-focused comments from the Linux community. And Dell itself continues to prepare for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, the next major upgrade from Canonical. Continue reading