Daily News Brief: Wal-Mart Stores Abandon Linux

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statewd

I don't think it was because it had a linux OS on the computer. Although people may be disappointed that there aren't as many programs they can use with the linux OS as with wINDOWS. But I think the real reason for the disappointing sales was the fact that people are smart enough to know that they are supposed to buy a computer with an Intel or AMD CPU. Most people have never heard of the CPU that comes with that WalMart computer. Who would want to buy a computer wiht that processor? Also the computer is dirt slow as well. But good option for someone wanting to mess around for the first time, but still may confuse them even further considering it is a linux OS.

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Archangel1976

I think a large part of it is the population you have that goes to BUY a computer at Wal-Mart.

No offense.... but even some of the most computer illiterate people I know would not go to Wal-Mart for a computer. The only person I think I know who has bought one there did so only because in that part of Michigan..... they're lucky to even have a Wal-Mart.

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HeartBurnKid

ECS is "first tier"? Obviously we're not talking about quality or performance here...

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Paul_Lilly

ECS doesn't target the enthusiast market very often, but they're a huge supplier of motherboards, and you'd be surprised at some of the companies using mobos built by ECS...

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hogkill

I can imagine what happened. Idiots going to walmart get the $199 pc. Idiot salesman goes "yah its a great deal. most pcs cost a lot more than this". Idiot customer goes home, spends 4 hours trying to figure out how to put it together (using his idiot brain of course), turns it on and goes "wheres the solitaire?"

Also "less expensive than the nintendo wii in Europe". I know the wii is cheaper than 300 in Canada at least. Also if you are looking for innovative games you should check out No More Heroes for the wii.

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Archangel1976

I can run Linux on my PC if I partition the hard drive and run it from that partition, right? Or what if I have it on a secondary drive? I should be able to boot from that hard drive too, right?

I'm willing to give Linux a shot. Have heard a lot of good things about it. I'll admittedly not want to use it solely.

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Paul_Lilly

If you're wanting to give Linux a test run without committing to a partition, run your distro of choice from a live CD. Alternately, you can install Linux as a guest OS on a Virtual Machine. Both methods also give you a chance to try out different flavors of Linux with little fuss.

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Archangel1976

Sounds like a plan to me. I'm actually getting ready to build a new PC and I am more than willing to pick upa second hard drive and give Linux a real try. I want to learn more about PC's anyways and greatly expand my knowledge and experience.... so to me.... it's a small price for knowledge.

Wal-Mart may have turned its back on Linux.... but I'm opening the door to it.

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Archangel1976

Shame that Wal-Mart dropped it. At least they are carrying the PC's with it on their website. Of course.... how do you get to the website if you don't have a computer?.....

Pic of the crying penguin just sad.

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