Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 15, 2002 12:13 AM
The reason they went with Lindows over another Linux distro is because Lindows comes pre-compiled with the stuff that makes it MS-Windows compatible, and the GUI *looks* just like Windows. RedHat, Mandrake, etc. don't ship with that sort of look & feel, and you have to manually add-in WINE, CrossOver Office or whatever.
Wal-Mart here is targeting a new and growing market segment -- 2nd-PC homes. The first PC and replacment PC market is pretty much filled at this point, people are comfortable enough with computers that they see a need to get a 2nd one, but they don't necessiarly want to shell out another $1000-$2000 to duplicate what they already have. They just want something for the kids to play on/e-mail/websurf, but they don't want any ol piece of junk that is slower or could cause problems. Wal-Mart is pretty much the only vendor who could deliver these systems in a large enough quantity and at a price that will pretty much sell instantly. They'll have this market EASILY cornered.