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Best Buy to begin selling Ubuntu Linux

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Popular Linux distribution Ubuntu is sponsored and distributed by Canonical and while technically it’s free if you download it, Canonical is taking a chance with it and sending it to Best Buy in retail packaging.

The boxed version of Ubuntu will sell for $19.99 and be available at Best Buy both online and in their retail stores.

Why pay for something that’s free?

It comes with a quick-start guide and, most importantly new Linux users, 60-days of installation and setup support from ValuSoft, one of Canonical’s partners.

Steve George, Canonical corporate service director, says “by adding a 60 day support service, ValuSoft are making it easier for consumers to install and get started with Ubuntu…Installing an operating system of any kind is still a scary task for many people so offering a ‘helping hand’ is a great reassurance for the new user and will help tremendously with the success of the product in this category.”

Does Ubuntu deserve all the attention it gets? I think so–it’s a great distribution and I use it on one the computers in my office. Do I think it’s ready to replace Windows? No, note yet but Ubuntu and some other Linux distributions are getting close and the installation and setup support sure helps.

For more info about Ubuntu’s retail plans check out their blog post here.

[Via Ars Technica]

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