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Old 02-23-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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Linux squeezing into the mainstream?


http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews...00&tag=nl.e505

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* Supports Linux and Windows XP, Vista and 7
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What this says to me is that the authors at ZDNet took it as a given that people might want this with Linux.

It's also nice to see it sold with no OS installed.

(My mischevious side cannot wait to go try an buy one at Best Buy or Fry's**)


**USA--2 of our big "brick and mortar" electronics stores.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #2
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Make it fun... Ask one of Fry's sales drones to explain the advantages that running Linux on the box has over running Windows and to compare the performance of both. Make sure they include an explanation of the security dangers of operating Linux without virus protection and make them find a way to secure Linux from such dangers. Perhaps suggest that they enlist the help of one of their Geek Squad gurus.
 
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Indeed, but for the Geek Squad, I'll go to Best Buy...

I actually had an encounter something like this a while back. When the Aspire One came out, Circuit City (remember them?) put some on display. I decided to do a mini-survey to see how they were marketing it. At one store, the sales manager started giving me a lecture about how these were not real computers (because they did not have Windows) and --for example--"Linux does not support printers". I finally took off my "clueless mask", explained to here where she was wrong, and asked to see one of the computers.
"No, you cannot see one--you can only buy it."

At another Circuit City store, they enthusiastically demo'ed it for me.

Then Circuit City folded......
 
  


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