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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"If the Windows tax doesn't exist than I should be able to get an OEM machine with Windows stripped from it for a lower price, yes?"

A better question might be:
How does a system with a FREE OS come with a higher price tag than an identical system with XP installed?

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ma_d Member since:

It's Free, not free. It comes with a one year Linspire subscription, $40.
Now, I'm sure that costs them more like $10, or nothing; but then again do you think Dell pays Microsoft $83 for Windows XP Home? If so, I have a bridge I think you might be interested in ;) .

Also, I doubt Mirus sells a quarter the volume Dell does. Never doubt the value in selling higher quantities for cutting costs!

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Googlesaurus Member since:

"It's Free, not free. It comes with a one year Linspire subscription, $40."

If that was an attempt to justify the cost of this system.... It ain't working for me. (and many others)

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