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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Car sales didn't mushroom until the automatic transmission. As long as Windows users think that Linux users have to hand crank their configurations of Linux they will stay away from it.

The key value, what you pay for, with LinSpire is the "automatic transmission". You tell it what you want by clicking and it does it. That is worth $20 or more for people that use Windows.

If you don't need it, then go get a "car" with an engine you have hand crank. More power to you. Most people don't want that though. Notice the lack of cars that you have to hand crank the engine. Also noticed that cars with automatics (at least in the U.S.) out number those sold with manual gear boxes.

It isn't that they are lazy. It is that they have something BETTER to do with their time. They want to surf the web, white e-mails, and write documents. They DON'T want to spend their time configuring things so that they just work.

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