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Apple sells the operating system with a specific software for the operating system designed for it so it works perfect.
HP, IBM, Toshiba, sell their computer with a preloaded version of windows designed for the computer with the drivers already in place.
Linux comes in a CD that you need to download, burn, partition, install, and configure... There is the problem.
Linux doesn't have scripts that tells it "for this PC, the Toshiba Satellite P30, have the fglrx driver, default configs, radeon framebuffer, madwifi, hid as a module not built in, this and this..."...Should it?
I think, if linux came as an option, or prepackaged, or was on a shelf of your local coffee place, and it would just be a matter of pushing it in the CD drive, it would be more popular.
Well the LiveCD solves a lot of the problem I was talking about. Because an operating system must include different drivers for different devices, that's the main problem with haveing a preinstalled OS on a flashdrive. But you could solve it the way a LiveCD does. The problem here is that when you have it "already fixed for you" you take away a lot of choices. The OS has already been configured for you.
Anyway, the purpose with a LiveCD is not to use it as your daily OS, it is intended just to show you what your OS may look like and how it will work. After you test it with the CD you can then decide however you want to install it on the local drive or not. I like this idea and I am a fan of LiveCDs, you should test them. :)
Originally posted by mimithebrain I think, if linux came as an option, or prepackaged, or was on a shelf of your local coffee place, and it would just be a matter of pushing it in the CD drive, it would be more popular.
Although not common, there are some places you can buy a computer with Linux preinstalled--even at Wal-Mart:
I am very thankful to the makers of this forum too,and my question is also the same:how many members are real? I always find impossible that some people are members of this forum and they try to convince all the others that windows are better than linux and the like.If they do not estimate linux why did they become members of a linux forum?
The problem is, it's not every walmart store that has a Linspire computer for sale. I can't expect to find a linux computer for sale* inside my area for example.
Sorry for the slow reply. I missed your comment somehow. Anyway, the computers Wal-Mart sells with Linux are online sales only. They do not stock them in stores. Besides, I think most people do not think of Wal-Mart if they want a new computer. Let me add that I found another computer there (I am going to get a low-cost computer for my son) and this one comes preloaded with Xandros Linux.