News Factor: Sam’s Club Starts Selling $299 Red Hat PC

My spin: So Walmart is selling Lindows now Sam’s Club is selling $300 RedHat Linux computes. I wonder…are these being sold to people who are JUST buying on price and will be dissapointed in a few months, when they can’t run Windows programs their friends and colleagues are buying. OR are people going to be satisifed and happy with the computers and KNOW what they are getting into. Is there a little glossy paper explaining what they are buying and what Linux is?
Incompatibility is still a big problem for users of non-Windows PCs, IDC analyst Al Gillen said. “If there’s any Visual Basic application code in [an imported file], it gets crunched and doesn’t work.”
Discount retailer Sam’s Club has begun selling a US$299 Linux PC that runs the Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) 8 operating system. The move is similar to one made by Sam’s Club’s parent company, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) , which began offering a low-cost Linux PC running the Lindows OS last July.
The Sam’s Club “Starter Set” $299 PC features a 1.1 GHz AMD (NYSE: AMD) Duron processor, a 20 GB hard drive, 256 MB of memory, a CD-ROM drive, built-in Ethernet and modem, and an integrated graphics processor.
For $100 more, Sam’s Club sells a Red Hat-powered PC with an AMD 1.67 GHz Athlon XP processor. A 17-inch monitor can be added to either unit for $100. The Linux PCs are sold only through the Sam’s Club Web site, not in stores. (full story)