Walmart's PC

Walmart's PC without an OS.  I think the analysts are missing the point.  I have lots of spare Windows 98 and Me disks that I could use to run this machine.  I also have lots of nice monitors that are still usable.  This is a discount PC for people that have PC parts (Windows and Monitors) lying around the house unused.  This is a relatively fast PC for a kid's room.  My problem with most new systems is that I can't unbundle the package and drop the monitor or the O/S to cut the cost of the system.  Due to bundling agreements with Microsoft, PC companies pay a Microsoft tax for every PC that ships.   Walmart clearly thought that this was a low cost niche they could fill as long as they didn't cut a deal with Microsoft.  Nice. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

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