Sears.com to offer $199 Linux PCs

January 23, 2008

Linspire, Inc., developers of community desktop Linux operating systems, and Mirus Innovations, a North American PC manufacturer, have announced the availability of a $199 Linux PC that will be sold through Sears.com.

Available now, the $199 Linux PC (after a $100 mail-in rebate) features a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron processor, 1GB memory, 80GB hard drive, Freespire 2.0 and free CNR software delivery service.

“It is breaking price point barriers,” said Larry Kettler, president and CEO of Linspire.”It was extremely important [for us] to show how far the [Linux] OS has come and how useful the OS is for average users.”

Other features of the Linux PC include a card reader, a modem, CD-RW, keyboard, speakers and mouse. As well, it offers out-of-the-box file type and multimedia support, such as MP3, Windows Media, Real Networks, Java, Flash, ATI, nVidia and WiFi.

Freespire 2.0 also adds legally licensed proprietary drivers, codecs and applications in its core distribution, to provide a better overall user experience. Freespire is a community-influenced, Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that is designed to be powerful enough for sophisticated Linux users and developers, yet easy enough for someone new to Linux.

CNR.com is a free one-click software delivery service requiring no registration to use. CNR.com users can search for applications by title, popularity, user rating, category and function. An open source client for each supported distribution is then used to add the one-click installation as well as auto-updating functionality.