Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Linspire Linspire has started another attempt at selling computers pre-installed with their operating system - this time by teaming up with Mirus - called the Koobox. Ars looks at the situation: "At this point it is hard to assess the potential of the Koobox systems. If it succeeds, the product could help legitimize desktop Linux and bring it further into the mainstream. Regardless of how many get sold, the availability of yet another budget Linux PC illuminates the growing popularity of the Linux platform, and contributes to the perception that Linux is applicable to desktop computing."
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I recently took a look at the Linspire Live disc, and yes, more than once they mention and provide tools for creating "user" accounts, so I believe the whole "they make you run as root" thing is a bit overblown. By the way, I showed the running session to two hard-core users of another OS, and they are seriously considering switching to Linux, despite my full disclosure about the learning curve and other hurdles. If a distro can generate that kind of curiosity, I can see that as beneficial. Plus, they have boxed product at Best Buy, and like it or not, that legitimizes the idea in some people's minds. I use Ubuntu and I can't really see paying 100 dollars for a linux distro and a year's subscription to software repositories, but if spending that 100 dollars somehow soothes others, who am I to argue? We've been spending far more for far less for far too long.

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