James McDermott wrote:
>Has anyone any experience in using Linux with the laptops on sale
>(sometimes) in Aldi and Lidl? I think Aldi have "Median" and Lidl have
>"Targa". Targa, for one, is unknown here but well-known in Germany.
>The model on offer in Lidl is EUR1500, for which you get an AMD64
>Turion with big specs. But there's relatively little information out
>there (eg http://www.linux-on-laptops.com) on using them with Linux...
>>Any info would be very welcome.
>>Rehashing a mail I sent to the gpl-violations mailing list to give you
the urls ...
Looking for more information on
I discovered the gpl-violations.org sites admonishment of Lidl for not
complying with the GPL with their sale of this laptop in Germany.
Interestingly I had already discovered
From the targa.co.uk site
And now when I had a quick look at targa.de, the homepage itself is
advertising the Linux GPL info on the Targa Traveller 826T!
And another mail to the same list
suggests the Aldi MD95500 also comes with the same software and (at
least in the Netherlands) a document for Cyberlinks product which
includes the GPL and a link to where the full source of the GPL
components can be obtained. (I would suspect all newly built/packed
laptops with Cyberlinks PowerCinema will include this from now on, but
no evidence of that yet).
So basically both laptops ship with a Linux system (as well as Windows
at least for the Lidl machine). This Linux system is just for Media
playing though so how much of the hardware it implies works with Linux
is a good question.
I think that if you wanted to persue a Windows Refund though, these (or
any machines shipping with the Cyberlink software and Windows) would be
great machines to do it with.
Hope this helps a little.
p.s. while material here is being drawn from gpl-violations, I would not
suggest Aldi or Lidl are in any "trouble", and it even seems that the
other parties (targa/cyberlink) are taking/have taken the appropriate
actions. www.targa.de has a very prominent "Info: Linux GPL Targa
Traveller 826T" link on their homepage to make up for shipping the
machines (in germany) not in technical GPL compliance. It may of
course yet come out that incomplete sources are available from
cybelrlink, but as of now it appears all parties are probably acting
correctly and in good faith.
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