Wal Mart is taking pre-orders for a sub-$500 notebook that comes loaded with Linspire and OpenOffice.org. The 14" laptop has a 1GHz VIA C3 processor, 128MB of memory, 30GB hard drive, CDROM, and a promised battery life of 1.5 hours. Built by a company called Balance, Wal Mart’s budget notebook is $200 cheaper than the least expensive Dell laptop. Of course, the cheapest Dell comes with Windows XP, 256MB of RAM, a DVD/CDRW drive, a free printer, and a 2.2GHz Celeron that’s sure to outperform a 1GHz C3. Thanks to C|Net for the tip.
Walmart doesn’t have deals and coupons like dell does. You can get the dell cheaper, and it’s clearly better hardware. Instead of their dogshit “lindows” distro, install Ubuntu or Mandrake.
This isn’t about walmart endorsing open-source software or customers’ freedom of choice. It’s about them fucking with microsoft by avoiding the “ms tax”. Because they’re walmart, and their feeling is that they bully you, not the other way around.
Linux runs fine with 128MB of ram-- with a commandline interface. If you want to run X with gnome or kde, you need 256MB bare minimum, ideally 512MB.
To be fair, you’re allowed to install Ubuntu or Mandrake on this just as much as on a Dell. And for Pete’s sake, (and I can’t believe I’m actually about to defend Walmart) what in the hell is wrong with selling computers without Windows? How are they bullying anybody by just not paying MS off?
If you run Gnome or KDE, that’s true. If you run XFCE, Blackbox, FVWM
or any of the other windowmanagers with a minimum of flashy crap,
128MB is more than enough. I’ve had enough old systems with 64-128MB
run perfectly well. OpenOffice is a hog, so AbiWord or similar is
recommended for word-processing ;)