Patrick Marshall does a Tech Q&A column for The Seattle Times. Here’s his number one question today:
“I read with excitement that Wal-Mart has started to sell PCs with a Linux-based operating system called Lindows. I would do anything to get away from Microsoft Windows, but Apple computers are too expensive. Would you please tell me what Lindows is? Is it only for techies? Can it run all Windows-based software? I bought Windows XP and then my computer went on the fritz. I would like to install my XP software on a new computer, but guess what, I have to buy a new version of XP! That’s what I was told when I called Microsoft! See why I want to switch”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: These Wal-Mart Lindows PCs start at US$258. We don’t see Apple wanting to compete in this space. Ever. Thankfully, Steve Jobs would never permit such lapses in quality and performance in order to reach such lows. Unfortunately, Marshall doesn’t recommend a Mac anyway to this poor questioner, dooming him to a computing experience perhaps as bad or worse than Windows. Instead of saving a couple hundred, if this questioner got himself an eMac… You know the answer. Funny thing is, Marshall answers the question, but seems miffed that someone would consider leaving the ubiquitous OS and subtly tries to bring him back to the reservation with his answer.