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Next Move: Sell It with Linux for the Same Price

Want to know what a headless, vanilla white box PC ought to cost? It's hard to imagine a better place to check than Wal-Mart.

At the Wal-Mart web site (www.walmart.com) you'll find a generic 1GHz Intel white box (the Microtel SYSMAR116) with the usual state-of-the-moment features and figures: 128MB RAM, 40GB drive, keyboard, mouse, modem, amplified speakers, floppy, etc. And in bold uppercase letters, this welcome disclaimer:

MONITOR - NOT INCLUDEDOPERATING SYSTEM - NOT INCLUDED

Commodities don't get much more commodified than that.

The price: $399

The site: www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=1731327

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