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Grimace
Apr 1, 2004, 11:47 AM
Now this is just plain scary:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/ptech/04/01/wal.mart.linux.ap/index.html :)

Zaty
Apr 1, 2004, 12:13 PM
Is this for real or just an April Fools joke? It would be nice if Microsoft got some real competition.

rjrufo
Apr 1, 2004, 12:30 PM
Is this for real or just an April Fools joke? It would be nice if Microsoft got some real competition.

I didn't find any Sun Linux systems, but there are Lindows systems online here (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=86796&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A86796).

Zaty
Apr 1, 2004, 12:33 PM
I didn't find any Sun Linux systems, but there are Lindows systems online here (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=86796&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A86796).

I've never heard of a Sun Linux System, either. That's why I'm skeptical.

jsw
Apr 1, 2004, 12:51 PM
The Java Desktop System is real. I presume the Walmart story is also real, but I can't confirm that.

Sun Baked
Apr 1, 2004, 01:00 PM
Considering the Linaire Linux deal with Wal-Mart was announce several times over the past quarter, it's a bit odd they'd choose today to make the big announcement.

Or it was made today on purpose.

http://www.linare.com/

http://linare.zoovy.com/product/00012345679

Flowbee
Apr 1, 2004, 01:08 PM
The Java Desktop System is real. I presume the Walmart story is also real, but I can't confirm that.

The story is listed on Sun's site (scroll down to 'Sun in the News'):
http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/

They'd get into trouble with the SEC for making up a story like that.

**EDIT: The computers are, in fact, for sale on Walmart.com... here's the LINK (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product_listing.gsp?cat=132690&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A86796%3A132690)

MorganX
Apr 1, 2004, 02:00 PM
Considering the Linaire Linux deal with Wal-Mart was announce several times over the past quarter, it's a bit odd they'd choose today to make the big announcement.

Or it was made today on purpose.

http://www.linare.com/

http://linare.zoovy.com/product/00012345679

It's true. This story has been on Ziff Davis sites for about a week and a half.

superfunkomatic
Apr 1, 2004, 02:04 PM
sounds like a super idea. get someone who's paid minimum wage to help you with your new walmart computer. i'm sure someone working at walmart is well versed in the ways of linux, no problem.

a corporate america, rebels with out a clue.

Dippo
Apr 1, 2004, 02:32 PM
Those computers are really weak in the RAM, what are you going to do with just 128MB?? Even the high end computer only has 256MB.

bousozoku
Apr 1, 2004, 02:39 PM
Those computers are really weak in the RAM, what are you going to do with just 128MB?? Even the high end computer only has 256MB.

They're also $299.

The story is noted on eWeek also. With Wal-Mart and the Chinese government going with the JDS, Sun is making itself an alternative on the desktop, even if it's yet to be a power.

PlaceofDis
Apr 1, 2004, 09:34 PM
i just wonder how many people are actually going to buy these? i mean yes its good that there is an alternative to windows, but i dont think many people will stray away from it because it is known.....

bousozoku
Apr 1, 2004, 10:27 PM
For that price, I might buy one just for folding@home.