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Free PC With French Broadband Connection

timothy posted more than 7 years ago | from the someone-mention-this-to-aol-please dept.

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robson writes "Neuf Cegetel announced the purchase of AOL France, an ISP that counts 500,000 broadband subscribers and the arrival of 'the box,' an Internet access terminal. Code-name: Easy Gate. It's a computer, working under the Linux OS. It's a router. It's a DSL modem. It's also a telephone. All in one. Easy Gate will be available from November, the actual 'box' consists of: an Intel 852 GM, 6 ports USB 2.0, 512 Mb of RAM and 512 Mb of Flash memory."

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Bread? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191503)

I read the topic as Free PC with French Bread Connection

Re:Bread? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191665)

If I had known for sure I was going to be first post, I would have put in "frist psot woot."

A VICIOUS CIRCLE (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191771)

> If I had known for sure I was going to be first post, I would have put in "frist psot woot."

You're obviously accustomed to failure with made you cautious which made you FAIL. Better luck with your next failure because you're destined to fail like the miserable failure you are.

It's not M$, so no BSOD... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191519)

but since it's French, it has a White Screen of Surrender.

Re:It's not M$, so no BSOD... (2, Funny)

swab79 (842256) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192077)

... and if it were American it would have the smoke screen of lies...

Re:It's not M$, so no BSOD... (2, Insightful)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192401)

And as long as it pokes at America and not France, it will not get modded flamebait.

Re:It's not M$, so no BSOD... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192615)

Point proven.

Good day, sirs.

French this, French that (0)

LonelyElf (1005639) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191531)

French Fries

French Cuisine

French AOL

Boy, with this order of invention, things seem to be going downhill!

Re:French this, French that (2, Insightful)

dadioflex (854298) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191581)

French fries > french cuisine? Wrong.

Re:French this, French that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191717)

Dude, they don't call then French fries! they call them: fries!

Re:French this, French that (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191787)

Very wrong, since 'French' fries are actually Belgian in origin.

Re:French this, French that (1)

cazzazullu (645423) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191873)

Indeed, and the french in french fries has nothing to do with France, but comes from the verb "to french".

Re:French this, French that (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192431)

Very wrong, since 'French' fries are actually Belgian in origin.

But Belgium doesn't count. Hasn't anyone ever told you that?

Re:French this, French that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191707)

You switched around "French Cuisine" and "French Fries".

I assume you never had something like "Coq Au Vin", but then you are probably American and truly prefer French Fries. Well, at least you aren't calling them Freedom Fries.

I also have to point out the irony in your joke: what country does the acronym AOL contain again?

Now go back down into your mom's basement and gobble up a loaf of wonderbread in despair.

Re:French this, French that (2, Interesting)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192491)

Wow. The last in the apprently long line to completely fail to get the joke. And this one's a flamer.

Emphasis on the last five letters.

Actually, I'm pretty sure there's a name for people such as yourself, who ignorantly sling insults while failing completely to pay attention...

I'm also pretty sure that the term had been wrongfully ascribed to an entire subset of the human genome - mostly as defined by a particular set of appearance traits - causing it to be too politically charged to be used appropriately. Like it should be in this case.

Re:French this, French that (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192575)

No, the parent is right - the French are great cooks and truly have superior taste. They will make fine slaves.

2006 is the year of linux on the desktop... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191533)

...French ready to surrender to linux, film at 11!

Re:2006 is the year of linux on the desktop... (-1, Troll)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191943)

And when AOL release their search data, i'm sure you'll get:

User 90332456: How to surrender
User 90332456: How do I surrender to another nation?
User 90332456: Where to by white flags
User 90332456: Bed sheets
User 90332456: Bed sheet flag How-to
User 90332456: Bed sheet flag how-to wiki
User 90332456: Are the Germans Invading again
User 90332456: Are the Americans invading?
User 90332456: How to get wife to pee on my chest
User 90332456: Surrendering while holding a flag
User 90332456: Arms in the air while holding a flag
User 90332456: White flags
User 90332456: Where to buy Broom handles
User 90332456: How to be comfortable in a prison camp
User 90332456: Eating snails

Re:2006 is the year of linux on the desktop... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192243)

Do you know how many French soldiers died fighting the Nazi invasion? Do you know anything about the Free French Forces or the French Resistance? It is amazing how many Americans have this unhistorical belief that the French just gave up and accepted the Nazis - they fought just as hard as every other nation and lost hundreds of thousands of people in combat. More French soldiers died battling the Nazis than US soldiers.

Re:2006 is the year of linux on the desktop... (1)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192517)

Do you even know how to take an obviously rediculous joke in good nature?

No. Apparently not. Par for the course on this new fangled intarweb.

Re:2006 is the year of linux on the desktop... (-1, Flamebait)

Nutria (679911) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192641)

they fought just as hard as every other nation and lost hundreds of thousands of people in combat.

One word: collaborationists.

Another word: Vichy.

More French soldiers died battling the Nazis than US soldiers.

I'd want independent validation of that. But then, maybe so many died because they sucked.

Dellised? (2, Informative)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191535)

So it's basicly a company giving away a free low quality Dell PC.. not a bad deal but I expect they'll wan tyou ro return it when you end the service as is the deal with my "free" router.

Neet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191545)

Sounds pretty cool. Available in US?

Yes.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191625)

For all of the French broadband users here.

I Hope... (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191549)

It's a computer, working under the Linux OS. It's a router. It's a DSL modem. It's also a telephone. All in one. Easy Gate will be available from November, the actual 'box' consists of: an Intel 852 GM, 6 ports USB 2.0, 512 Mb of RAM and 512 Mb of Flash memory."

I hope it's secure. I don't need SPAM from 500K new sources.

A win for Linux? Maybe encourage more mainstream plugin and webapp development? It's France and EU turf so it looks like a good thing on the surface.

Re:I Hope... (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192363)

It's a minor win for Linux. Despite the headline, this is not a PC, it's a "thin client". (In the original sense of the word, where the client did actual client-side work, as opposed to the graphic terminals that masquerade [sun.com] as "thin clients.) So this is just one of many systems that use Linux as an embedded OS. Nothing to sneer at, but not a major win either.

What would be a major win is if this were a "real" PC, with a word processor, spreadsheet, etc., all running under Linux. Not going to happen any time soon.

Really a "thinnish client" (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192435)

Since it is using 512Mb flash for storage, though you could add on more via USB perhaps, it sounds like this is more likely to be a "thinnnish client" than a full-blown PC. By thinnish client, I mean a device somewhere between a full PC and a thin client Xterm. In other words, something that you can also use to interact with local peripherals, but primarily uses back-end servers for its main function.

Linux is pretty well suited to this model of operation. It can be stripped to a reduced configuration. Since most people won't be doing very complicated things on the device itself, the "Linux-ness" of the device should not become a usability issue for most people.

Total cost of ownership (1, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191577)

Hmm... considering AOL is not the cheapest, certainly not the best and by far not the most reliable service, and that box costs about a box of ciggies on the 2nd hand market, my guess would be that the TCOO is by far lower with another provider and a bought box after less than a year.

Re:Total cost of ownership (2, Interesting)

beckerist (985855) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191911)

Good point, and on top of that, I wonder HOW AOL will actually suppot Linux? A quick search [aol.com] of their website for "Linux" (anyone notice the bad coding?) only turns up AIM for Linux. Even Google [google.com] has nothing to do with broadband connectitivity, only connecting via dialup...

Re:Total cost of ownership (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191951)

Actually, a broadband for under eu.50/month is not a bad deal in France (if you cannot mooch off your neighbor's unsecured wireless, that is), while a PC for eu 100 (for a flat screen +webcam +speakers) is even better where desktops routinely go for over eu 1500

It's even better that they give it out with pre-installed Linux: download any of the 'FREE' 10,000's of apps; the problem is that 512MB of (flash!) hard disk is really going to cause some major grief for the users... they really should have given them a 10GB hard disk even if that costs a little more (unless they also offer a fs-mountable free online filevault of some sort: a great ploy to get the users to keep their account)

By offering an internet 'terminal' I am guessing they are trying to appeal to the older generation of the French still using a BBS-like flavor of French 'internet' terminals from the 80's.

How good is the ISP? (1)

Ultra Hits Radio (1005383) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191593)

They are offering a very good deal with their service, i would like to know how much it costs for it monthly and what type of speeds would you get on the broadband connection?

Re:How good is the ISP? (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191989)

Apparently (link to French article [pcinpact.com]), 39.90 euros a month with a one-time 150 euro fee, and the connection is 8 megabit (downstream only, I'm assuming), and you get unlimited phone calls to landlines in France. The subscription is for a minimum of 12 months.

Re:How good is the ISP? (1)

Jett (135113) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192367)

Wow, that is a good deal. Cheaper than anything comparable I've seen in the US, and you get a free computer out of it.

Free Toaster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191597)

My toaster runs on linux and has Brodband

Cool (3, Insightful)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191631)

It's a computer, working under the OS, Linux. It's a router. It's a DSL modem. It's also a telephone. All in one.
Where can I get my mom one of these? So she can call Bangalore instead of me? Seriously, if low-end machines like this were as ubiquitous as phones, it would save a lot of us a lot of spare time.

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191679)

Where can I get my mom one of these? So she can call Bangalore instead of me? Seriously, if low-end machines like this were as ubiquitous as phones, it would save a lot of us a lot of spare time.


Me too

Re:Cool (1)

texaport (600120) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192183)

if low-end machines like this were as ubiquitous as phones

20 years ago, Southwestern Bell had tens of thousands of people connecting little boxes with chicklet keyboards to phones lines to chat with each other -- based on the success of a previous French project to link people with similar hardware.

A few years earlier the French also proved their trendsetting knack for technology with the red ALICE [wikipedia.org] units that were 300 baud (300bps for rude Americans who cannot properly pronouce Emile Baudot's namesake)

My head asplode (5, Funny)

iPodUser (879598) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191633)

The fact that it's linux means the slashdoters will love it, the fact that it's AOL they will hate it. The sheer conflict in the minds of the slashdot readers will cause more than one head to pop.
Also, what kind of a name is "America OnLine France"? Shouldn't it be "France OnLine"? FOL? Hmmm....

Re:My head asplode (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191981)

It's not AOL, it's the company that just bought AOL's French division. No word on the processor. Some kind of Celeron, from the chipset, but I don't know whether it's the low power version. If it is, I'd be interested in one of these machines; quiet, low-power, and almost certainly cheap.

It's worth noting that this business model is not that novel in France. Before the Internet, the French had a network called Minitel [wikipedia.org]. A load of dumb terminals were handed out for free to French businesses and households, as a replacement for a printed telephone directory. This gave access to telephone directory listings and a number of commercial services. The 'phone company took a connection fee, and other, premium services could also be charged directly to the bill. This machine is a logical successor to the Minitel; it's a machine which (should) require no more maintenance than a dumb terminal, and can be used to access the network that many regard as the successor to the Minitel network. Presumably with only 512MB of local storage, the user is expected to keep most of their data (email history, etc) on the server.

Re:My head asplode (1)

EVil Lawyer (947367) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192471)

FYI, in France, it was always marketed/branded as "AOL France" -- never as "America Online France".

Re:My head asplode (1)

iPodUser (879598) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192581)

Yes, but what does "AOL" Stand for?
It stands for America On Line. So AOL France really means.... You know what? Nevermind. You wouldn't understand. (You're not an AOL user, are you?)

What Distro? (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191681)

Anybody know what distro this beasty runs?

Re:What Distro? (4, Informative)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191927)

According to PC Inpact [pcinpact.com] (in French), it's a custom distro, all open source, and it includes Firefox, Abiword, Gnumeric, GIMP, Gkview, Ekiga, MPlayer, and Bizanga, among other things.

Re:What Distro? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192425)

it figures that they would not use the Kraut Desktop Environment.

Re:What Distro? (1)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192539)

Finally, something other than a bad french joke. I mean, I'm not one to get bent out of shape about jokes, but it's nice to see a serious comment.

Mod parent up. Informative, if I'm not mistaken.

"The Linux OS". (1)

urbanradar (1001140) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191685)

I wonder what distro they'll use. A custom one, perhaps?

Re:"The Linux OS". (1)

wwiiol_toofless (991717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192695)

Think it's the lesser-known AOL distro, damn slow linux. You know the one that comes autoconfigured with a VPN to NSA data mining servers?

I keed.

"PC"? (3, Insightful)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191705)

Code-name: Easy Gate. It's a computer, working under the Linux OS. It's a router. It's a DSL modem. It's also a telephone. All in one.

Well, so then it's not a "free PC", it's a "free internet access terminal". I doubt anyone's going to be running half-life or photoshop on that thing.

Re:"PC"? (1)

dslauson (914147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192069)

"I doubt anyone's going to be running half-life or photoshop on that thing."
That's right, they'll be running Gimp instead.

The specs on this thing may seem a little light by modern standards, but I'm running XP/Ubuntu dual boot on my laptop, with plenty of apps under each OS (yes, including both Photoshop and Gimp), and I've only got 256 MB memory and a ~1.5 Ghz processor. It's not lightning fast, and it's certainly no gaming rig, but it still gets the job done.

Re:"PC"? (1)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192561)

Nawww, really?

Besides, you'd be hard pressed to get PS working acceptably under linux anyway. But I'll bet the Gimp works.

And no, it won't run counterstrike. I'm sorry, but I'm afraid not everyone's a gamer, and those who are, aren't necessarily into multiplayer.

Re:"PC"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192577)

I am reminded of the I-Opener Netpliance [wikipedia.org] debacle. (I still have one of those things, hacked of course.) I'm sure FOL is implementing suitable legal protection against those who would sign up for service and then back out just for the free hardware.

Thank god the French were prepared! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191711)

It's a good thing that the French have montiors lying around the house even though they don't own a computer, otherwise this deal wouldn't be that great.

Re:Thank god the French were prepared! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191875)

Nearly everyone in europe has monitors lying around... It's illegal to throw electrical equipment out improperly in the EU, you can only exchange your old model for a new model (there's a surcharge on all electrical goods as retailers just pass the cost on to the consumer...) or pay a special collection depot to take your kit. Yeah, that might sound annoying to an american. But on the plus side, we don't drink so much cadmium :-)

I have 3 LCD panels and 3 CRTs at the moment. I only use 2 of the 3 LCD panels. Yeah, I'm reading /., but if anything I'm _better_ at shifting old kit than most because of geekiness. Chances are, if you're in europe and ask around your street nowadays, you can get several monitors, not to mention lawnmowers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, cheese sandwich makers, fondue sets, soda stream machines and god only knows what else.

Re:Thank god the French were prepared! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192175)

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee_index.h tm [europa.eu]

- The various EU countries have varying levels of actual compliance with this directive, but the parent post is essentially correct. If you're wondering why some electrical items (ones that are for both the USA and EU on one production line, say) have random stuff like "RoHS Compliant" and "WEEE " stamped on them, well, now you know.

Re:Thank god the French were prepared! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192701)

Yes, it's the same in some cities [waterloo.on.ca] in North America, too. However, most people here are smart enough to find a dumpster to dump them in when nobody is looking. Or they get left illegally in a farmer's field in the country (popular option). Which is *clearly* *far* safer and smarter than throwing them out in the proper bin at the dump (/me shakes head at the stupidity of encouraging unsafe dumpster practices through higher taxes).

GOLD! (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191733)

After AOL realised that there was no gold left in france they packed up their prospector costumes and their picks, sold out, and moved onto the next country. Boy, you sure know when a companys in it neck deep.

Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191779)

That's it. I'm moving to France.

Return of the Minitel (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16191789)

The French had something like this long before the Internet became commercially available: Minitel. It was wildly popular because the device was given to subscribers for free.

Lost in the translation (0, Flamebait)

Lord_Slepnir (585350) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191829)

Code-name: Easy Gate

Interestingly enough, that word in French can also be translated to be "Maginot Line".

Re:Lost in the translation (1)

Feyr (449684) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192361)

that's not even remotely funny. in fact, all the french jokes stopped being funny 2-3 years ago

really, get over it.

Re:Lost in the translation (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192651)

well, the Maginot line was a pretty impressive piece of defense, though they never took into account the possibility of being flanked.

kinda like having a foot-thick steel door, then someone breaking a side window to get in.

This Thing Is Pathetic! (2, Insightful)

ewl1217 (922107) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191857)

You can't even compare this to an entry-level PC! It's worthless and hardly a wonder tht it's free. Just look at the specs:
  • Intel 852 GM
  • 6 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 512 MB Flash Memory
That Intel card is a decent graphics card, good enough for web browsing, and 6 USB ports are great. 512 MB of RAM is pretty good, but only 512 MB of storage space (with the flash memory)? I'm assuming this won't have a hard drive, considering that it's free and there's no mention of one. You can't even install Ubuntu (or similar) on this! All you'll get is a stripped down KDE or GNOME environment with Firefox/Konqueror and Kopete/Gaim (I'm assuming so much at least). You couldn't even have space for documents. Sure, there are USB ports, but flash drives aren't good enough for bulk storage, and external hard drives are just bulky. I know this is meant as a web browsing tool, and nothing more. Worse yet if that the second anyone has an issue with this, they'll most likely blame Linux. You would never see Windows on a PC like this, so people would just assume that Linux is just a step behind Windows. This is far from the free computer everyone has been expecting.

Re:This Thing Is Pathetic! (1)

SpiralSpirit (874918) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192005)

External HDDs are getting cheaper all the time. Sure its slower than an internal one, but for web data storage its pretty decent.

Re:This Thing Is Pathetic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192009)

Thin client, web based office suite, more powerful than the PC I had in 1996 and maintenance-free no doubt.

If this thing had an SSH client, I could do 75% of all my computer work using it and the other 25% I could do over an X session from my main desktop. Admittedly if I was into multimedia it may not be the greatest machine but it looks fine to me. I wouldn't want to run Gnome or KDE on the thing but that's just personal preference.

Nintendo Wii (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192227)

Specs-wise, though, it sounds about comparable to a Nintendo Wii.

Re:This Thing Is Pathetic! (1)

mikerozh (710568) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192273)

You can boot from network. You can have a file storage in the network. You can run without any local storage at all. It is not an issue. However, I would never store my personal files somewhere outside of my home. But may be it is just me.

Re:This Thing Is Pathetic! (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192341)

``You can't even compare this to an entry-level PC!''

Right. Entry-level PCs look a lot uglier and make a lot more noise!

Re:This Thing Is Pathetic! (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192445)

``All you'll get is a stripped down KDE or GNOME environment with Firefox/Konqueror and Kopete/Gaim (I'm assuming so much at least).''

Firefox, Abiword, Gnumeric, MPlayer, some mail client, spam filter, Ekiga softphone, and some unspecified, custom-built MSN client.

``You couldn't even have space for documents.''

You can get all of the above in well under 512 MB, leaving plenty of space for documents. Multimedia would be a different story, of course, but you should be able to get a nice collection of songs on it.

Of course, nothing prevents you from connecting an external storage device, e.g. some portable player.

Minitel 2.0 (1)

CheeseburgerBrown (553703) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191897)

It's nice to see the French using Linux here, though I guess it may seem in a clearer decision in light of current Microsoft/EU tensions. The best part is probably the way French people say "Leenoox" which we'll now hear more often than ever.

This is a really cool innovation for French people too leftist to run Microsoft but too poor to own a Mac, following in the proud tradition of Minitel [wikipedia.org] -- which, humble as it may seem in retrospect, was pretty cool if you happened to be a Canadian teenager who'd never heard of the Internet before when he first saw the network in action. Ahem.

My question: does it have an integrated bidet?

The New Minitel (4, Informative)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 7 years ago | (#16191919)

If all of you Francophobes could untwist your shorts for a minute, you might realize that this is pretty much an updated version of the Minitel [wikipedia.org], which most geeks thought was pretty damn cool back in the days of expensive 300 baud dialup.

Besides, it runs Linux.

AOl + linux? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192065)

When did this happen? I would love to convert a few people over to linux/bsd/etc but they are tied to AOL so they are pretty much stuck with windows.

Can this be done here in the US somehow?

Bubblepack computing (3, Insightful)

monopole (44023) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192119)

Another instance of bubblepack computing(like the gumstix, socket pc, OLPC etc.). So cheap it's a giveaway/impulse buy, Linux based with zero maintainence/zero service. Sure, not a gaming rig, but sufficent to do the primary functions of a PC these days websurfing and light office functions. Not likely to be a primary machine, but an excellent kitchen/bedroom terminal, perfect for hotel/public terminal axcess. While they won't replace the present PC they will crowd them out just as PCs did to mini's.
What will be interesting will be when the /. crowd starts modding bubblepack computing for specialized apps (wardriving, geolocation, picture frames)

Yummy (2, Funny)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192205)

I'm gonna pop that lid top and steam me some rice in that baby. Yeaaaahhhhh... at last Linux has gone BEYOND TOASTERS.

9mod $down (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16192327)

qown Lube, beverage,

Photos + details (2, Informative)

Daas (620469) | more than 7 years ago | (#16192589)

For those of you who can read french, here is the official annoucement :

http://www.groupeneufcegetel.fr/html/Presse/Neuf_C egetel_lance_Easy_Neuf_et_invente_l_Easy_Gate_la_p remiere__box__associant_l_acces_a_l_Internet_haut_ debit_et_les_principales_fonctionnalites_d_un_ordi nateur.html [groupeneufcegetel.fr]

They say it is an all-in-one service that will include the PC, the LCD screen, mouse, keyboard and webcam. Internet service (up to 8Mbits). Applications including web browser, e-mail reader/writer, instant messaging, an office suite and a multimedia reader. Security features will include a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-popup and parental control. An easy to use interface and tutorials on how to use the internet. Support will be included and provided by Neuf Cegetel and they can remotly connect to the computer for easy troubleshooting plus updates will be automatically downloaded.

The distro is a custom one but all sources will be available on their website !

Seems better to me then a Windows PC...

Hi-res pics : http://www.neufgiga.com/partage_neuf.php?folder=10 76782 [neufgiga.com]


Daas
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