Unfortunately, I can’t drive around to a lot of retailers to examine their shelves so this survey of the web will have to do. I will restrict myself to Canadian sites. The rest of the world varies, I know.
- NewEgg.ca – nothing shows under “operating systems” that I like but a search for Linux reveals that the Acer TravelMate TMX483-6856 sold out with one good review. ASUS Eee Box Intel Atom 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD Capacity Nettop Linux EBXB202-WHT-L0039 is in stock for $150. ASUS sells a newer model, EB1030, but Newegg.ca no longer carries it. They do provide links to other PCs such as Avatar Celeron 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity Desktop PC Ubuntu 12.10 LinuxPC U for $230. Congratulations for offering some choice although it’s minimal.
- NCIX.com shows only Acer TMX483-6691-US Core I3-2375M 4GB 500GB 14in DVDRW BT Linux Notebook after a search for “Linux” in “desktop PCs” and at $370 it beats NewEgg’s price. A search for “Ubuntu” gives Asus Notebook 1015E-DS03 10.1inch Celeron 847 2GB 320GB GMA 6Cell Black UBUNTU Retail for $262.08. A search for eeeBox reveals they have in stock 9 units of EB1030 at $262.05, you know, the GNU/Linux unit running Ubuntu 12.10… With keyboard and mouse, that’s interesting. No points for making these products easy to find, however. They need a better search engine or information-flow.
- CanadaComputers.com found nothing for “Linux” in nettops, notebooks and tablets. A search for “Ubuntu” turned up Asus EeeBox PC Black (EB1030-B003L) Intel Atom D2550 1.86GHz, 2GB DDR3, 32GB SSD,Wireless 802.11b/g/n,HDMI/VGA/COM, Linux Ubuntu 12.04 in Desktop PCs/miniDesktops for $259. I noticed they sell a ton of servers, mostly noOS and no hard drive, many are certified for RedHat or Suse. At the low end, $349, one could add a hard drive and make a decent desktop PC…
- TigerDirect looks interesting. A search for Linux in desktops revealed 3 Wyse and one VXL thin client ranging from $295 to $355. The VXL box has WoL and PXE, so you can boot it up with most GNU/Linux distros. With 1gB and Via C7 CPU it should make a good thin client or a minimal PC. Notebooks turns up Acer Aspire V5-131-2887 – C 847 / 1.1 GHz – Linux Linpus – 4 GB RAM – 320 GB HDD – 11.6″ CineCrystal wide 1366 x 768 / HD – Intel HD Graphics – black at $357.76. A search for Ubuntu turned up the eeeBox 1030 and eeeBox 1033 for ~$25X.
- Walmart.ca yielded nothing except Chromebooks and tablets starting at $59 with a few kids-only tablets around $25. Well, they all had those… The highest-priced tablet I found was Acer ICONIA A110 7″ for $128. I guess they’ve figured out that small cheap computers sell. It turns out that iPads are in another department… That was “back to school”. Under “Electronics” “Android” finds a bunch of tablets from $59 to $200. Surprisingly, there were no Samsung tablets to be found! Has there been a falling out? No. A search for Samsung finds a mess of them starting at $200 (Galaxy Tab 3 7″) and going to Galaxy Tab 3 10″ at $377.
So, FLOSS is out there but the bastards still don’t make it very easy to find especially if you don’t know what you seek. What’s with that? Doesn’t it pay to advertise any longer?