Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Mar 2006 18:53 UTC, submitted by SilentBob4
Linux "Free open source software is making slow in-roads into the world of big box retail. This article is the first of a series of two Mad Penguin articles which take a detailed look inside the world of retail as Tux is experiencing it. Today, in Section One Mad Penguin goes shopping to see what can be seen in four retail big box stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, complete with short videos inside some of those stores for the purpose of providing a wee bit of context."
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I don't know about you, but if I was after a new PC, a CD/DVD boxed distro or some application software, I'd *surely* look online first because 99 times out of 100, it will be cheaper to buy online than at a bricks'n'mortar store (even with the cost of postage added). The only exception to that might be clearance sales at the offline stores, but even then you're not guaranteed that they'll have what you want of course.

The situation's particularly noticeable here in the UK, where online-only retailers (e.g., Ebuyer, Amazon UK) generally outprice their offline UK competitors by some margin. BTW, it's nice to see Ebuyer finally offering Linux desktops and laptops to UK users, even if they are deliberately the low-end models (why is it that all retailers in the UK or US seems to think that all Linux users only use/need low-end budget PCs?).

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