Why Wal-Mart won’t have Linux desktops on its store shelves

By , April 2, 2008 8:37 pm

Why Wal-Mart won’t have Linux desktops on its store shelves
Here’s what I found out. Customers did want to buy the computer, but they, and all too often the workers, were thoroughly confused because the PCs came with Linux and not Windows. The word “clueless” comes quickly to mind.

But let’s be realistic here. How much technical expertise do you think an average Wal-Mart customer, or any ordinary U.S. citizen, really has anyway? The one technically adept customer service representative I met told me, “These are the same people who really can’t tell the difference between the computer and its software. At best, they know they need Windows to run Quicken, Office and games. That’s it.”

Kinda what I figured had happened. But the Linux boxes are still available from WalMart online which is certainly better than them dropping the line completely.

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