Walmart to sell machine with Mandrake Installed

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Keep your eye on Walmart.com for new Microtel systems bearing the Mandrake logo. The systems will sell alongside the newly announced Lindows-based PCs, say sources. And continue to look for more online retail envelope-pushing from Wal-Mart's online wing, of all places.

MandrakeSoft CEO Jacques Le Marois confirms the news this morning, and company spokeswoman Margaret Waples says, while a contract with Microtel has not been finalized, the company is working on getting Mandrake certified to run like clockwork on the Microtel systems. Waters is hopeful that the dotted line will be signed and PCs up for sale by the end of next week.

Walmart.com and Microtel are getting a lot of press lately, mostly because Walmart.com is the first major retailer to offer something other than the standard Windows PC. With Walmart.com taking the first leap, it's possible that other stores will follow in selling bare systems and those with Linux preloaded.

News source: Newsforge

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