Ubuntu now on sale at Best Buy

The popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu, appears to be on sale at the large retail chain Best Buy.

The "Complete Edition" is on sale for only US$19.99 and has been since May 6, 2008. It's strange that no one has noticed. It was only brought to mainstream attention by a Slashdot user when he posted in their Linux Firehose.

Best Buy doesn't specify with version they carry, but after the user was informed by Best Buy that it was, in fact, Hardy Heron, which is the latest Long Term Support version of Ubuntu.

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Linux really needs something like msi where software distributors could compile everything into installers that the user could just double-click and it'd just work. The depositories don't have every software someone needs, and opening up terminal and figuring out the commands to install something just doesn't appeal to most people who'd otherwise be switching.

Basically, getting everything into GUI would go a long way in grabbing market share.

(sigh)

This installer technology exists. Buy a UT2004 CD, which has a Linux installer right on the same CD as the Windows installer. Same installer works on SUSE, Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.

What gets me is, Linux could unseat Windows and MAC OSX by enticing game development and big developers to produce their software for Linux flavors.

alot of automation could "pull" users away from windows and mac. installers like install shield, i know bums out alot of folks but something tangible like that could win over alot of hold outs.

being a photographer like I am, Canon could develop drivers for linux and adobe PS could come in a linux flavor for us shutterbugs.

Linux is missing a serious point with this IMHO.

That's a classic catch-22.

Linux (in general, as a group) probably won't enjoy a very large userbase without game development and software built in Linux flavors (like Canon drivers and Adobe Photoshop).

However, nobody will expend time and money to develop for a system with such a small userbase. It's a vicious circle.

IMHO, the serious point is for Linux to offer compelling alternatives from the community, like they already do.

In addition, if large OEMs like Dell, HP and others began to sell systems (*on a large scale*) with Linux preinstalled, Linux would be adopted by many mainstream users. The key point is that the mainstream user doesn't like the hassle. Take my parents for example - they would be perfectly happy if I handed them a computer with Ubuntu preinstalled and set up for them. They would not be so happy if I handed them an install disc and told them to configure it, or if I had to sit there and help them configure and set it up. Am I making sense here, or am I rambling?

It's late. I'm off to bed.

Isn't this more like a Neowin front page article? It's not about a new release for Ubuntu is about Best Buy selling Linux. Oh and charging some $150 to install Ubuntu on a computer. Theef Squad is more like it.

I think most people would be quite happy with Linux if it was pre-installed on their machines and they got it that way. Just like most people here, who do know how to install Windows, probably started out life in Windows from a pre-installed computer.

The reason that Windows is "Just so easy to use" is because people, in general, have been using one version or another for the past 10+ years. Everyone fails to remember this when it comes to distros likes Ubuntu. It's a completely different OS and has its own quirks, things to get used to. After using it for awhile and getting out of the Windows mind set, it's just as easy to use. Sure, there are areas that could use some attention but as previously stated the forums are chock full of helpful people willing to help!

maybe, but the main thing is the way stuff works under the hood with it's command line is completely different from dos stuff and just the general way windows works.... and relearning stuff from scratch sucks when im already pretty good with windows/dos etc etc... so that's why i wish they could make linux as close to windows as possible ;)

i really want to like linux but overall every time i try it out i end up going back to windows not long after.... i guess it's re learning the basic's on how stuff work etc is the hardest part and where stuff is located and some of the fancier commands etc.

Like ThaCrip said I have tried Linux multiple times but end up going back to Windows. I spent half my time booting back into Windows as I needed a program that doesn't work in a linux environment. If I need a web server though I choose Linux hands down. Distros like Arch Linux are perfect as they are lightweight yet feature rich. Other services like TeamSpeak are also preferred on nix. Screen with IRSSI are also great. For a desktop OS though, i'll stick to Windows.

Whenever there is a program that doesn't work in your Linux environment, go ask someone. Ask some guy on IRC or someone you know who uses Linux on MSN. Or, if you don't know anyone, ask Google. I'm sure that the program you need runs on Linux but maybe you're looking at the wrong one since there are generally a variety of programs that fit the same need.


And for corporations, Total cost of Ownership is what its all about.
Any half-assed monkey can fix Windows and wont cost you much.

Just as any half a**ed monkey can fix Linux and not cost you a thing!!

Ubuntu is total bloat. Many, many other distros out there that are much lighter, faster, as well supported and just as user friendly.

(cork1958 said @ #3.1)
Just as any half a**ed monkey can fix Linux and not cost you a thing!!

Ubuntu is total bloat. Many, many other distros out there that are much lighter, faster, as well supported and just as user friendly.

care to mention which ones?

(ChrisJ1968 said @ #3.3)
ubuntu is quite light and fast. oh...you must be thinking about windows. :cheeky:

Ubuntu won't install on my 200MB hard drive but both windows 95 and 98se do fine, oh and wait the 95 and 98 installers work whereas ubuntu moans about not enough RAM?

(n_K said @ #3.4)

Ubuntu won't install on my 200MB hard drive but both windows 95 and 98se do fine, oh and wait the 95 and 98 installers work whereas ubuntu moans about not enough RAM?

You can't compare Win95/98 with CURRENT versions of Ubuntu, that's just silly. Compare XP or Vista with Ubuntu, not 95. Try installing Vista, or even XP on a 200mb hard drive and see what happens.

i tried ubuntu recently... and even though the default install was overall nice and everything pretty much auto detected etc.

installing stuff like file sharing so you can share with windows pc's etc just aint easy.

overall though i dont see linux related stuff beating out windows anytime soon cause of the massive support windows has and windows (in general) just works and EASY to.... so even though overall ubuntu is a pretty large step forward for linux in general i still think it has a ways to go (like make file sharing etc etc easier, basically make it as easy as windows to use) before it can compete with windows.

but considering it's free.. it's pretty solid.

(greg4181 said @ #2.1)
huh?

terminal > shares-admin, you can set up your SMB share via GUI there.. pretty easy

even on NTFS partition (main partition of about 6GB is ubuntu and the other 70GB ish is NTFS) on the ubuntu system?

You don't need to do file sharing if it's a partition on your hard drive. Linux (Ubuntu) can read and write to NTFS partitions directly. If it's on your network though, use SMB sharing to share between windows and linux (and vice versa) like the guy above you said.

From what I've read, they're selling support for it. However given how good most Linux forums are, I doubt the support team will ever have to do anything other than scroll Google for the answer, that's what I do, and it's worked pretty good for most of us so far.

A further problem this poses (as discussed in the Slashdot comments by others) is that people will think that Ubuntu is crappy software because it's so cheap!
People will see "OS for $200" and "OS for $20" and think "Only $20? I'll take the 'high quality' $200 OS because for that price it's got to be fantastic".

If they really want to get the masses onto Linux, they have to sell it in the same sort of price range as Windows, just less than Windows.

(El Sid said @ #1)
If they really want to get the masses onto Linux, they have to sell it in the same sort of price range as Windows, just less than Windows.

:laugh: Yeah, that'll work. There's already way too many people who pirate Windows to begin with because it costs money, and almost anyone will agree that it's overpriced. And you think making Ubuntu $200 will be a good idea?
I know what you're saying about the "cheap price = cheap product" idea, but making it $200 is extremely silly and unrealistic. Nobody would buy it at that price, unless they didn't know it was free.