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Well, every once in a while something slips by the notice of even the best journalistic organization, and such appears to have been the case on a broad scale recently regarding the sale of a certain software package on the shelves of Best Buy. Fortunately, the Linux blogosphere is always on duty, which is how we recently learned of the $20 Ubuntu Hardy Heron Long Term Support package that's apparently been for sale at Best Buy since early May. "How did this development fly under the radar for over two months without anybody noticing?" charged SirLurksAlot on Slashdot.
I agree with the comment below:
"Unfortunately, $20 isn't enough. People will think it's a 2nd rate product since the cost is so much lower than Windows."
Having Ubuntu for sale on the shelves helps increase Ubuntu Linux awareness, but the $20 price price tag is way too low.
I would much rather see a longer support period and a higher price - or better still - a good, solid, reliable PC with Ubuntu pre-installed at a reasonable price.
Having Ubuntu Linux pre-installed ensures that Ubuntu works with all the PC's internal hardware components (video, sound card, and so on) and this will reduce user frustration.
Most people don't have a clue that Ubuntu is "like Windows" - so, seeing a $20 box will likely look more like a single "cheap" software program to most people.
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