RT Cunningham


Xtra-PC: A Scam for People with Little or No Computer Experience

USB Sticks - Xtra-PC I’m not going to give the makers of Xtra-PC a free link to their website. Just do a search for “xtra-pc” and it should show up near the top.

Xtra-PC is a scam – a legal scam. It’s for people with little or no computer experience. Granted, those numbers are going down, but I’m willing to bet they’ll still make money from them for a few more years.

Xtra-PC Explained

I followed an advertisement that pointed to an “advertorial”, an editorial written solely to promote a product. While the advertorial gave a few details about it, I had to go to the product website to get the details I was looking for.

Unless they remove it, all you have to do is follow the link at the top of the page for “How It Works”.

It’s Linux on a USB stick and nothing more. Today, they charge $25 for the basic model, which is only an 8-gigabyte stick. They don’t say which Linux distribution they’re using - it could be something custom-made (but I doubt it).

How is this Legal?

Xtra-PC isn’t selling Linux on a stick. They’re selling the media and the support. Even so, I don’t think it’s worth $25 or more to be able to boot up Linux on a Windows PC. But then, that’s just me.

There are a lot of companies out there selling Linux on DVD media and other types of media. They sell it to people who have spotty or slow Internet connections and people who can’t figure out how to get it without any help.

People with Little or No Computer Experience

It’s unfortunate that I know people who are perfect targets for a company like Prairie IT (the makers of Extra-PC). Most are my age (mid-50s) or older. I’m sure I could find a few younger than my age group if I tried hard enough.

It’s pretty easy to download and burn a Linux Live CD/DVD to a USB stick, even if the instructions for doing so seem to vary from place to place on the web. Perhaps I’ll write something easier to read and understand than what’s now available (but not today).

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By RT Cunningham
October 11, 2016

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