Zonbu to offer Linux-based Subscription based PC

Subscription services have their place, but I’m not convinced yet that this new computer from Zonbu is going to be one of those places. The computer (pictured above) is sort of an ugly Mac Mini-styled system that will only cost the subscriber $99 up front, then $12.95 a month to keep the OS and “$2,000 worth of software” up to date. The system features an as-yet-unknown Intel-compatible ultra-low power CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash-based storage, an uninspiring graphics set, VGA out, audio in / out, WiFi, a CF reader, a pair of PS/2 ports, six additional USB ports for peripherals, and built-in Ethernet.

The monthly fee includes unlimited internet support, remote data access, and network storage space – but I’m still having a hard time seeing the market for this. Would it be nice to get a stripped down mini-computer for $99? Heck yeah. Am I going to pay $12.95 a month for the privilege? Heck no.

I don’t think the “parents that need support” aspect of things is going to be a large enough market for this little box either…and honestly, there is just something that pisses me off about people charging for open source software. I understand that they have the freedom to do it, but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Everything this company is selling has been built by communities of people working together online and off to create these great applications and the Linux OS itself, and these guys are just going to take that and run with it?

If you want more information about the Zonbox, you can visit the official site…but you’ll have to give them your info before they’ll tell you anything.

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