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Best Buy, Amazon selling Ubuntu for $20
Jul. 09, 2008

ValuSoft is offering a $20 boxed version of Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) at both Best Buy and Amazon. The "Ubuntu Linux" package is said to include printed documentation and 60 days of unlimited customer support.

(Click for larger view of ValuSoft's Ubuntu Linux box)

It is rare to see boxed Linux distributions at consumer electronics stores these days, especially low-cost boxes aimed at consumers. ValuSoft's "Complete Edition" version appears to be the only one available at Best Buy, and a search of Circuit City's site came up empty. Amazon sells several boxed versions, but they're all considerably more expensive. Amazon's boxed collection includes SuSE Linux 9.2 ($38). SuSE Linux 10 ($74), Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2008 ($55), and Xandros Desktop Professional ($87). It also sells $13 Ubuntu and Kubuntu DVD distributions without printed documentation.

ValuSoft goes right for the fear factor in its consumer-oriented marketing, billing its Ubuntu Linux as a stable alternative to certain other operating systems known for "freezes and crashes." It also touts it as a solution for those whose systems cannot run Vista. The distribution appears to be the full Hardy Heron, including OpenOffice, FireFox, Evolution email, Rhythmbox media player, and MP3 support.

The Best Buy page for ValuSoft's Ubuntu Linux may be available here.

-- Eric Brown

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