Big wheels keep on turning: 5 Reasons not the fear a $200 Linux PC has a good post on the emergence of ultra low cost, Linux based, PCs.

They say:

Linux is not just for computer whizzes.

In fact, buying Linux and learning how to use it are easier than ever, thanks to the open-source operating system’s expanding presence in affordable computers and mainstream retail outlets.

Really what we’re seeing is the emergence of Firefox as a platform/OS, rather than Linux. To be honest, the principle use of these machines is as low cost web devices.  The Zonbu suddenly has A LOT of company, and only a small number of things to set it apart.

Now if it had stellar video performance and Rhapsody support, they would have some bragging rights, but as it stands, the shelves are getting awfully crowded.  Which is unfortunate, I think Zonbu has a lot of subtle things going for it, but it is going to get lost in the crowd without some real innovative partnerships and applications.

More here:

-Mr. Zonbu


One Response to Big wheels keep on turning: 5 Reasons not the fear a $200 Linux PC

  1. ignorati says:

    Could you elaborate on the subtle things Zonbu has going for it, from your perspective?

    From my perspective, as someone who is not a computer technician, it seems that perhaps Zonbu may be a bit more impervious to malware (and conversely less capable for some uses) due to the inability to install new programs. If true, that could be one of the things Zonbu has going for it. At the same time the limitation would be a problem for some uses and users.

    Automatic backup is nice, but not unique. Low power consumption is nice, but not by itself a big draw for most.

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