A few days ago, NewsForge ran an article on installing Linux on a Wal-Mart OS-less PC. Very favorable review, except one problem: the modem didn’t work. Easy enough to pick up a new modem, but still.

A few days later, the manufacturer of those machines announced that in response to the article and the reaction from the open source community (well, mostly Slashdotters), “Effective 5-7-02, all units will ship with the new hardware modem.” Excellent.

Now I’m really torn: iBook or super-cheap Linux box?