$200 Ubuntu Linux PC Now Available at Wal-Mart

Yes, I am going to buy one of these.  With the assumption that Ubuntu will support all of the hardware in the box.

Why?  Because I do want to learn more about Linux (15 years ago I a was the admin on some Linux servers – but a LOT has changed since then!).  But I don;t want to fight to make it work.  I’m assuming for $200 I can get a system I don’t have to arm-wrestle with just to allow me to get past the "grub error level-13" issue that has plagued me on installs of Ubuntu/Kubuntu in the past.

Everex_gpc_tc2502 Everex’s TC2502 gPC is the first mass-market $200 desktop computer, featuring a custom distribution of Ubuntu Linux and headed for selected Wal-Mart stores. "It’s $200, with no gimmicks or subsidies," Everex spokesman David Liu said.

$200 Ubuntu Linux PC Now Available at Wal-Mart | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

Comments

  1. It is 13. If I said 17, my bad.

    My drives in this particular system are WDC WD2500KS-00MUB0
    WDC WD3200KS-00PFB0
    WDC WD3200SB-01KMA0

    Two are SATA, one is IDE. I put the IDE as drive 0 and tried installing Ubuntu to it after it failed on the SATA drives.

    All I see after a reboot is “Grub error level -13”

    I’ve tried Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 and Kubuntu 7.10.

    Luckily I have become an expert in repairing my boot partitions so I can recover my Vista and XP installs after this happens.

    And Kubuntu looks *so* nice on my system when just running it off the live CD – makes me mad it won;t install for me!

    (And thanks for the help. I’ll have cold beer when you get here in two weeks!) Oh – and Scotch (not cold, but if you must can can ruin it by adding ice)

  2. Err… Grub error 13? I thought you said it was error 17 earlier. What is it? Maybe I can help. (That’s what we do in the Linux world!)

  3. @Paul – thanks – but I want a box that is basically “Ubuntu Certified”. I am sick and tired of looking at a Grub error level -13 after what appears to be a flawless install. I end up with an OS that the OS can’t seem to find – and that’s just retarded.

    Talk about a bad “out of box experience” – the install runs fine, but on reboot I can’t run Ubuntu OR any of my other pre-installed OS’s.

    That’s crazy ugly.

  4. Damn, somebody beat me to the 15 year remark! 😉

    Anyway, I really like this quote from the article:

    “Wal-Mart shoppers are so unsophisticated they equate physical size with capability”

  5. @Sisir – good point. It was actually 1995, so not quite 15 years ago. But it was Linux.

  6. “Because I do want to learn more about Linux (15 years ago I a was the admin on some Linux servers – but a LOT has changed since then!).”

    You mean a Unix server? 15 years ago, Linux would probably have been just a year old and too underdeveloped to make it to a production server. It’s just a small thing, but it’s a whole lot of complicated issues for Unix/Linux lovers like me – 🙂