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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by djross95 on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:59 UTC
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What you're paying for in the Linspire distro is not the programs themselves (though your annual $50 buys you some significant discounts off of commercial programs such as Cedega and CrossOver Office) but the one-click install with all menus in their correct place, etc. It also buys you the best out of the box multimedia setup around, so you don't have to (as you do with Ubuntu) manually change the repositories and go searching for the correct plugins using apt-get.

Granted this is no big deal for someone experienced with Linux, but remember the Linspire target market--most of those folks (and many of us without a lot of time on our hands!) don't want to do that sort of stuff.

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