Breaking News: Wal-Mart to Sell Linux Laptops at Below $400, and PCs For Less Than $300

WalMart Linux Laptop: $398

Just don’t get too excited, because this is old news [circa 2004]. And something that is currently being rehashed as new on Digg, Slashdot, and Linux sites…

I’m sure you have seen it too: the news along the lines of “[insert random OEM here] releasing incredible Linux offers”, quickly followed by naive comments proclaiming the end of Microsoft.

The fact is, OEMs and companies like Wal-Mart have been attempting to sell Linux based PCs and Laptops/Notebooks for years. Take a look:

Unfortunately, most of these attempts have resulted in complete failure or extremely small volume [Wal-Mart couldn't even sell 1000 of those Laptops]. And every few years, the waters are tested again, with the same exact outcome.

Lets face the truth: Linux does not work for the average consumer, it never has, as “choice” is not something that consumers are looking for. Familiarity, function, and eye candy are the determining factors here.

As “Linux” is not synonymous with “Wal-Mart”; it neither is with “Desktop.”

See more for yourself at the Google News Archives and here.

9 thoughts on “Breaking News: Wal-Mart to Sell Linux Laptops at Below $400, and PCs For Less Than $300

  1. Taran Rampersad

    Yeah, I have mixed feelings about it. I love that an option rich system is available in a low cost system, but I have serious issues with Walmart’s business practices. They may have changed, but they haven’t run the complete gauntlet for me yet.

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  2. admin

    The “change” factor of Capitalism in not of a positive, progressive nature.

    From a company perspective: working with WalMart is like making a deal with the devil. You’ll get what you want initially, but eventually it [WalMart] will take your soul.

    From a consumer perspective: when you shop at WalMart your shopping yourself out of a job.

    From a community perspective: when you let WalMart in, you bankrupt the local shops.

    You can’t win.

    Here is a good article about the business side…
    http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/77/walmart.html

    Back to the topic…

    I just wanted to clarify that WalMart is not selling Linux PCs/laptops right now [as far as I'm aware]. They where in the past… The title was meant to “show old news as new.” Just like what’s being going on with Dell, HP, Epson, etc… They have been selling Linux systems for ages, lets not pretend this is something new, and that the tides are turning. If you do, you will set yourself and the Linux community up for a big disappointment.

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  3. none

    “They have been selling Linux systems for ages, lets not pretend this is something new, and that the tides are turning.”

    And they continue till today. And your point again?

    Admin, it’s as if you have been sleeping since 1999 and just woke up.
    The world is at a different stage now.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=coKqOGV4Pbo

    “Lets face the truth, VISTA does not work for the average consumer, it never has, as “choice” is not something that

    Mac and Linux meets the consumer needs.
    And your point again?

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  4. admin

    And they continue till today. And your point again?

    I suppose you can say some do… A lot of those attempts were a complete failure, and shortly after abandoned.

    Mac and Linux meets the consumer needs.

    We both know that Mac and Linux are a minority.

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  5. none

    “I suppose you can say some do… A lot of those attempts were a complete failure, and shortly after abandoned.”

    abandoned [To cease trying to continue; desist from:]
    And they continue selling till today. And your point again?

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  6. none

    “We both know that Mac and Linux are a minority.”

    You just mentioned OSes that doesn’t get viruses, *ware and are zombies.
    I rather be in the minority.

    And your point again?

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  7. wheezerthesneezer

    i really want a laptop but i cant decide what to get but it has to be below 400 dollars. does anyone have a good idea on what i should maybe get

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