Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2007 23:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Acer is planning to sell Linux-based PCs to the UK market, the company told ZDNet.co.uk. On Thursday Acer contacted ZDNet.co.uk with the following statement: "At this moment in time Acer UK does not have a PC available with Linux pre-loaded, but we are looking at introducing one in the future." This appears to represent a reversal of Acer's previous statements on the matter, which suggested that the manufacturer had no plans to sell PCs here with a pre-installed open-source operating system.
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RE[2]: Slowly, but surely.....
by archiesteel on Fri 3rd Aug 2007 06:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Slowly, but surely....."
archiesteel
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Many users in Asia bought the Acer Laptop with Linux pre-install. Then they reformat it and install Windows.


I hear that a lot, but I never see any figures. I suspect *some* Linux PCs get Windows installed over them, but in the end the thing that matters is that Linux gets more exposition. Even if only some of the PCs keep Linux, it's a positive thing.

If the user use superuser id and password for normal operation. It is possible for virus, worm and spyware to spread in Linux.


It is theoretically possible, yes. Most distros (including the most popular, Ubuntu) do not require the user to use superuser status. However, the point is rendered moot by the fact that there are currently *no* Linux viruses on the wild (with the possible exception of a worm targetting Web servers). There is, as far as I know, no spyware for Linux. When there is, maybe we can talk about this again.

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