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$199.00 gets grandma a linux box and AOL



7:19 pm on Sep 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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7:38 pm on Sep 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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WOW thats a suprise to me. Should I be worried since I just got a help desk job with AOL? Am I going to be helping mom and pops set up linux now too? I think I will have to ask them for a raise!


5:22 am on Oct 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I've been reading a lot about Lindows. There is an interesting mix of good, bad, and ugly about this distro, and, in my opinion, a good amount of myth that was spread early on by it's marketing department.

The good,
Right under the surface is a Debian system. Apt-get is there and working. It looks like their much hyped Click-n-Run updating system is basically a front end to APT.

I emailed the author of this article [win2linux.net] about the possibility of transforming a system from Lindows to pure Debian. He said he did it, but by doing it you irrevocably wipe out all the proprietary software.

The Bad,
The darn thing is set up to make all the newbie users run as root. That is really a dangerous setup, in the spirit of the very OS it is trying to pry people away from.

The ugly (myth and trickery),
First Lindows is not a *new* OS, it is another linux distribution. The myth of Lindows being a new OS which is compatible with MS and Linux was spread early on by the companies marketing forces, but they have since backed down from that stance. Perhaps that was the plan all along.

Also, it looks to me like they are supplementing the Walmart computer prices in an attempt to temp people into switching to Lindows. They want people to subscribe to the Click-n-Run at a cost of $100 a year. I don't think there is anything wrong with that on the surface, but they are not up front about it. They give the new convert three free downloads and then make them cough up a credit card if they want anything else after that.

Such an introduction to the world of Linux will probably piss a lot of people off who would otherwise be interested in learning about Linux. In that sense Lindows may actually be pushing folks back to MS.

I think that they should just be more up front about their business model, it would do them and the Linux community a lot of good.


Those Lindows guys are real marketing geniuses. They have done a lot to draw attention and they seem to be very skilled at making big deals which get them a lot of PR.


Lindows and me... I am considering getting one of those cheapo Walmart/Microtel PCs and converting it to pure Debian and see how much life I could squeeze from a couple hundred dollar Linux box.


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