Wal-Mart to offer low-cost Linux-powered PC?

— 6:00 AM on July 23, 2007

Canonical already scored a big win when Dell opted to pre-load its Linux distribution—Ubuntu Linux—on a line of new open-source PCs. Well, according to a report by Desktop Linux, Ubuntu could find its way onto a low-cost PC sold at Wal-Mart before long, too. The superstore chain recently began selling a $298 Everex IMPACT GC3502 system that comes with a VIA C7 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a DVD burner, Windows Vista Home Basic, and a copy of the OpenOffice.org 2.2 office suite.

Desktop Linux says an "unidentified reliable source" has let it know that Everex will be selling the same system with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed instead of Vista Home basic some time later this year. It's supposedly not clear yet whether the system will also be sold at Wal-Mart, but considering the potential cost reduction that could result, it certainly seems possible.

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