Well, Android/Linux actually. I get mailings. Today, I received an ad with 7 Android/Linux thingies prominently displayed. No “recommend that other OS” anywhere to be seen. Of the 7, probably 3 are gadgets of which I have written here or would be useful to an old man with poor eyes, including the ASUS eeePad. These guys, NCIX.com, have been supplying me with parts for PCs I have built for nearly 15 years to avoid M$’s tax and only rarely did they have a Linux box, just a netbook or two. Now they advertise them. Amazing. Times are changing.
Rather than just reading the ad, I went to the site and did a search for “linux”. An ASUS eeeBox for $229 was second on the list! A bit further down the list was a USB GNU/Linux installer… followed by an over-priced HP thin client running GNU/Linux on board, and a mess of Linux-compatible devices and NAS devices. I went to the site’s search box again and entered “android”. 10 products came up from five different OEMs.
It could be better but at least it is straightforward to find stuff unlike Dell. Retail shelf-space for Linux. What a novel concept. Think it will sell a few units if consumers can find them? You bet.