Linux boxes are being sold at the local 'wallmart' since a few years ago. They are, well..., I don't know where this guys buy those Pentium III for distributing. They are very cheap for us. They came with a proprietary Argentinian distro called Rxart. The license cost about us$ 20. The distro is quite good. Not like vector, but good
. I am amazed with the work on hardware support. They have support for winmodems, including the very bad usb adsl modems used here. They just work out of the box with minimal intervention of the user.
I am sure the system would be not of my liking, (based in debian, wizards for everything) but it is pro and very polished. I think is another probe that linux can be user friendly, and also a good business. The company developing all this stuff looks healthy and it is expanding the business in all Southamerica. I think I will buy it to take a deep look.