Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 16, 2002 08:53 AM
The standard one Wal-Mart service is basically CompuServe 2000 using the CompuServe 6 (IE based) version of the AOL client connection infrastructure. That client is not compatible with Linux. I don't know if it is with WINE.
CompuServe also offers a service called CompuServe Classic and that supports standard enough PPP to be readily usable on Linux. No word yet on whether it will be offered at a deal price with these machines or not.
CompuServe definitely isn't the same as AOL, though the network connection part is. The content on the service is from CompuServe and shared with Netscape.com as well as Wal-Mart, all from the AOL Web Properties Group rather than AOL itself.
On the open source friendly side, CompuServe recently released COmpuServe 7, which uses the Gecko browser engine. Not really a surprise from a company in the same group as Netscape...