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Ripoff or not?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Steve, Dec 5, 2002.

  1. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

  2. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    Those come loaded with Lindows, a Debian Linux system that, for the novice, eliminates the pesky RPM management issue. A $199 internet appliance plus the cost of your choice of monitor seems like a reasonable offering for a first computer that is used primarily for the web.
  3. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    Only a ripoff if you do not know what you are buying. I see it a a good entry point to the web for many people. But many will buy that have no idea what they are getting.
  4. btdude

    btdude Veteran Member

    For me, I need all the other "stuff" like a floppy drive, a modem, you know all the stuff?? I'd say no.
  5. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Yep, that's why I think it's a ripoff.

    Walmart doesn't market to tech-savvy people. I think people are going to see this thing, think it's like WebTV, buy it, and then be stuck with $200 wasted.
  6. eakes

    eakes Registered User

    For the stated target customers, I think it's a good deal. If someone wants to get Dad, Mom or aunt Jane a connection to the internet to surf and send emails, this is a good buy. Although, I think they should include a modem in the basic box.

    This target user market is not going to be writing a novel, doing advanced spreadsheets or playing exotic computer games. A 2 Ghz processor, 1 gig of memory and a $300 video card will be 'wasted' for these users.
  7. wapu

    wapu Veteran Member

    The problem is Lindows. To be able to get the actual programs to run on this OS you need a membership i nthe Click-N-Run Program. Now, if you pay $129 for the membeship edition of the OS you get the membership. iF you buy the Wal-Mart Machine you will need to pay an additional $99 for the membership.

    It is a rip off. It is a crap OS. You are much better with an eMachine.


  8. Jedi Writer

    Jedi Writer Guest

    <i>Possibly</i> a good buy if you are some one like Ken who is very knowledgeable about computers, can do a lot of upgrade and repair work for yourself and who knows how to easily get stuff like CD ROMs and other new parts at a good price and can install it and finally seldom if ever needs technical support.

    For some it might be a good buy.
    I would pass on it even if it were $99.00.
  9. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    It sounds like an awesome deal to me! Even if it is a paultry 1 GHz Duron CPU with 128 MB RAM, $199 is a good value. Go spec out a very low end Motherboard, CPU, RAM, CD-ROM drive, 10GB hard drive and a PC case+power supply combo and see what you come up with.

    Would I want this system? Ummm...no thanks.

    I'm sure many people will buy this computer along with a copy of Unreal Tournament 2003 for their kids, and they will be calling Wal*Mart to ask why it won't work.
  10. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    You could always burn Mandrake ISOs or get SuSE. Both are excellent Linux distros that do not have any of the money issues that Lindows has. If you want a nice package management system, Debian and Gentoo Linux both have excellent automated package management systems that involve little work on the part of the user.
  11. wapu

    wapu Veteran Member

    VIA Technologies microchip not a Duron.

  12. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    Actually, as I said, Lindows is a Debian distro. The click and run warehouse option is nice for newbies as they don't have to manage their own RPM's...nothing stops one from learning a wee bit and managing software installs for oneself.
  13. eakes

    eakes Registered User

    Well, you could always reformat the harddrive and load Windows 98SE.
  14. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    Heretic ;)
  15. yazdzik

    yazdzik Veteran Member

    One could also drive a Yugo with the same degree of safety....
  16. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    But sadly nobody will recall 98SE - or force the publisher to fix for free.

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