jbeamon at cox.net
Sat May 25 11:24:54 CDT 2002
There was an article on a news site a few weeks ago about a Linux
installation on a Wal-Mart blank box. Everything went fine except the
Winmodem, but the Winmodem was a PCI card, so it can be replaced. That,
to me, sounds like a worthwhile $20 add-on.
If you search slashdot.org for "Wal-Mart", you get two hits near the top
of the list. The main story a few links down is the actual installation
review. The top of the list (most recent) was a slashback comment from
Monday the 6th that the manufacturer, Microtel, actually wrote back to the
reviewer and announced that new versions of the systems will ship with
Linux-friendly modem cards. THAT, my friends, is a friendly company!
On Thu, 23 May 2002, Chopin Cusachs wrote:
> Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 15:13:56 -0500
> From: Chopin Cusachs <cusachs at bellsouth.net>
> Reply-To: General at brlug.net
> To: General at brlug.net
> Subject: Re: [brlug-general] Wal-Mart
> No guess about pricing. eMachines used to have a very poor reputation
> for quality, but since early this year seem much improved. I'd check date
> of manufacture.... My son did get Gateway to match a price for a similar
> machine elsewhere -- chopped a couple of hundred dollars off. He likes
> his machine.
> If all else fails, ask if you can have a 'cheaper' operating system, like
> and be sure to get the CD.
> No experience with WalMart machines.
> At 02:40 PM 5/23/02 -0500, you wrote:
> >Hey, I was just wondering if anyone had purchased one of those operating
> >system free computers at WalMart that had been discussed about a month or so
> >ago. As I recall a number of people had thought about the idea. Also, is
> >anyone familiar with the Emachines that are available. I saw where you can
> >get one for $400 and that includes a 17" monitor and XP, not that I need the
> >monitor but I don't think I could build one for that price. I wonder how
> >much they would knock off if I said I didn't want the monitor and operating
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