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Re: [vox] Fry's has Linux PCs!
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Re: [vox] Fry's has Linux PCs!

While it is indeed remarkable that these computers come with an installed
non-MS OS, what is truly remarkable is that these guys are probably
one of a very few companies selling pre-built computers with a real modem
inside!  To me there is something respectable about the fact that to sell
a linux box they must have done a bit of research when picking components.

ThizLinux is the distribution (I believe) found on the $299 PCs at

There is a very nice write up of a similar distribution (by similar I
mean both are desktop oriented/ease of use emphasis) called Lycoris LX
(http://www.lycoris.com/) in the August PCWorld.  The website for this
distro looks real neat, as do the screenshots.  The XPishness makes me
kinda queezy.

PCWorld has printed a shockingly but appropriatly objective story
about linux in each of the last three issues.

I don't know how I feel about easy to install "friendly" distros.  It's
kind of a "can't live with 'em, not sure we'll survive without 'em"

There's kind of a struggle in my soul between evangelism and exclusivity
where linux is involved.  "Yeah, everyone should use linux, but if your
desktop looks like mine ..."


On Thu, 8 Aug 2002, nbs wrote:

> Someone at lunch noticed the Fry's ad on the back of yesterday's
> SacBee was advertising a pre-built PC with Linux installed!
> 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor
> Linux based Internet ready Multimedia PC
> * 1.1GHz Intel Celeron Processor
> * 128 MB SDRAM
> * 200 GB Hard Drive
> * 52x CD-ROM Drive
> * 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter
> * 56K Modem
> * Many software applications prebundled including
>   Word Processor, Spreadsheet, HTML Editor, Graphics Editors,
>   Web Browsers, lots of games and more!
> * ThizLinux, Linux Operating System
> Regular Price:  $399.99
> Instant Gift Rebate:  $100.00
> $299.99 In-Store Price After Instant Gift Rebate
> Limit 1 per customer
> #3308362
> I've never heard of "ThizLinux."  Anyone here familiar with it?
> -bill!
> (sorry for the cross-post... network here at work is being flakey,
> so I want to send as quickly as possible so I don't have to do it later :) )
> _______________________________________________
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> vox@lists.lugod.org
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