The <A HREF="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=1818546&cat=79425&type=1&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A37807%3A79425">$49 HP 656 printer</a walmart.com> you reference in the article is HP's token WinPrinter. You have to cough up an extra $30 or so for a <A HREF="http://www.shopping.hp.com/cgi-bin/hpdirect/shopping/scripts/product_detail/product_detail_view.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1082502807.1024072140@@@@&BV_EngineID=eadcegchhjfhbfdnckgcfjgdgmj.0&product_code=C8934A%23A2L&cat_level=2"> model 845</a hp.com> to get Linux compatibility.
On the one hand, I love the idea of the Monster of Retail facing down the Monster of Software with 'naked' PCs. On the other hand, I don't know which one I'm more anxious about, given both of them trample their competition with glee and abandon. On the gripping hand, I suspect a lot of people are going to buy these as replacement boxes and just shift their existing copies of Windows over [yah, it's illegal, they should know better, yadayada, but you know it's happening].