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Microsoft Not a Fan of Wal-Mart Linux PCs

A few years ago, there was a lot of buzz about a $300 Linux PC from Wal-Mart. The excitement dimmed after users found the hardware wanting and the operating system less intuitive than a congressional bill.

Microsoft, though, apparently saw a two-pronged threat. If the machine actually worked, it could hurt Windows. And even if the OS was junk, customers might snap 'em up anyway and just load a Windows bootleg.

Now Microsoft critics (who also dislike Novell because it's too close to Redmond) are starting to dig up this old dirt after Microsoft formed a taskforce, then pressured Wal-Mart to warn customers that piracy is illegal and tried to get the hardware vendor to focus more on Windows.

The blog item about it starts out pretty cogent, then descends into an incomprehensible swirl of randomness and unstructured glop. Bloggers take note: You need more than words to be effective. They have to be put in some kind of order and ultimately try to accomplish something. Check it out for yourself here.

Posted by Doug Barney on January 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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