Remember the netbooks with GNU/Linux at Walmart, years ago? They are back, in a way…“The Acer TravelMate Series of notebooks features dependable processing power, wide-ranging communication capabilities, and indispensible security solutions to empower mobile professionals like” Walmart.com lists a bunch of GNU/Linux solutions sold by other organizations when you search for “Linux” on their site… That’s kind of strange. It’s almost as if M$ had paid them not to sell GNU/Linux but that it’s OK to tell others are selling it… I’ll bet M$ is not too pleased. It’s all good.
Let’s see what’s served up:
- An Acer Travelmate 11.6″ notebook with Linpus GNU/Linux sold by Beach Audio Inc. for $314.57
- another similar unit sold by Tiger Direct for $310
- a bigger, 14″, notebook sold by Beach Audio with Core i3 processor, 4gB RAM and 500gB hard drive for $428.45 and $9.31 shipping.
- yet another Travelmate 11.6″ notebook sold by Tiger Direct for $310
- a Wyse thin client with Suse GNU/Linux for $700+ sold by Circuit City…
- and On the go creativity knows no limits with a choice of Windows 8.1 or Linux on a vivid 17.3″ diagonal HP ZBook 17 G2 for $2620.99 by TigerDirect. They also list several other “workstation” notebooks from HP from a low end 15.6″ at $1,820.06
Are we there yet? Is this the year of GNU/Linux on the desktop when the biggest retailer in the world sells GNU/Linux PCs from a variety of OEMs direct to consumers, albeit sold and shipped by lesser and more flexible organizations? Maybe this is the decade… At the very least it means Walmart is aware there are customers who want GNU/Linux. That is a big step in the right direction. Walmart in Brazil has long been going with GNU/Linux. Expect Walmart to move to openly selling GNU/Linux soon unless M$ is paying them more than they could earn doing that. I don’t think Nadella buys into that kind of thing the way he recently spoke of GNU/Linux. M$ would be happy just to sell cloud services to a user of GNU/Linux. It’s all good.