Following its controversial move to sell PCs without Windows or any other OS, US retail superstore Wal-Mart has added several Linux-based PCs to its online store's product list. The PCs, which range in price from $300 to $600 without a monitor, use the Lindows variant of Linux and offer a choice of AMD Duron, Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium 4 microprocessors. Wal-Mart is the first nontechnical retailer to offer Linux on branded PCs.
"The price of software has priced many people out of computing," said Lindows CEO Michael Robertson. "With \[Wal-Mart's offerings\], you get a $300 computer, then for $99, you get unlimited \[online\] access for a year. Any applications that you want, you pay the one-time fee, then you download as much as you want \[from the Lindows Click-N-Run online service), then it's yours forever."
Wal-Mart specs the PCs with a Web browser, email application, MP3 player, audio CD player, Microsoft Office-compatible viewers, and several other applications and games. "These computer systems are a perfect low-cost alternative to computers preloaded with Microsoft Windows," a note on the company's Web site reads. For more information, visit the Microtel PCs with LindowsOS page on Wal-Mart's Web site.