Fry's $159 Linspire Computer
One of the fixtures around Silicon Valley is Fry's Electronics. While the chain has spread throughout the west, Fry's started here, and has always had a geeky sort of reputation. It's always a bit surreal to wander through Fry's and see components for building breadboards right alongside PC components. They also offer some spectacular deals occasionally. So when I opened the local Fry's ad circular that was embedded in the San Jose Mercury News, one of the first things I spotted was the ad for a complete PC for $159.
As you might guess, this PC for tightwads doesn't run any flavor of the Gatesian OS (Windows). Instead, according to the ad, the system ships with Linspire, the OS formerly known as "Lindows."
Can a PC that sells for $159 really be a viable option? We took the plunge and bought one, just to find out.