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The previous model Everex gPC, no longer in stores due to "poor sales."

The second-generation gPC2 - available online only, and selling quite well there.
The Everex gPC2 and Cloudbook will only be avaiable online, due to lackluster brick-and-mortar sales

While consumer-oriented Linux has been on a rise of late due to healthy sales of the ASUS Eee PC, and Dell which offers a range of notebooks and desktops preloaded with Ubuntu on their website, the store shelves don't quite seem ready for the March of the Penguins to reach their desktops.

Wal-Mart, the sole brick-and-mortar retailer of Everex's $199 gPC, has effectively pulled the Linux-based machine off its store shelves, citing a lack of demand. Oddly enough, the in-store supplies of the gPC were sold out across the approximately 600 stores that received shipments -- but Wal-Mart spokesperson Melissa O'Brien stated that "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for."

Online buyers didn't appear to share these feelings, and the Wal-Mart.com site is now offering the second-generation gPC2 for sale, in addition to Everex's CloudBook, an ultraportable Linux laptop aiming to cut into the Eee PC's market.

With competition in the low-budget PC market heating up in 2008, the lack of licensing fees could mean that Linux will be found on many more desktops and laptops -- but if the sales of the gPC are any indication, it may still be some time before it gains a serious foothold in the mainstream retail market.

According to Net Applications, Linux held on to only 0.67% market share in January 2008. This figure pales in comparison to OS X which commanded 7.57% of the market and Windows which continues to outshine all with 91.46% of the OS market.



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RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 1:53:41 PM , Rating: 4
Yea, it sucks, but quite frankly If you want to break into a market dominated by your competitor, you better have a good plan to steal their customers and make switching easy. If they would put WINE on all the Linux distros for emulating a windows API environment for windows programs and it actually works in 90% or more cases, then they might have a chance. As it stands your forced to use "alternatives" because the real deal doesn't work on Linux. People don't want to use tons of alternatives (or in many cases stuff for kids, programs, games, etc... there are no alternatives).

It's a chicken and egg scenario. Linux is a solution looking for a problem on the desktop home user market.


RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By omnicronx on 3/12/2008 2:48:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not that this is an alternative for most users, but i have given up on using wine to access windows programs. RDP (remote desktop) seems to be a great solution, it even supports sound when connecting to winxp/server2k3. As long as you are running over a network it works great.

Whats even better is a new feature in RDP that allows you to call just a window or program to the screen, making it appear as though it is actually on your desktop. As i find openoffice terrible for anymore than typing up a letter, I merely click the Word shortcut on my screen and there comes Word 2007 in full color, and I can barely tell its not being locally run. I know this doesn't work for games, but its a great solution to access many windows apps.


RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 3:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
No doubt. I can't stand open office. I used Office 2003 by the time Open Office made it to 2.0 and shortly after moved to Office 2007. I don't know how you could put up with Open Office for daily use, It's like looking at Office 97 (strip down) when the guy next to you is on Office 2007. But hey what do you expect from a free product? =/


RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By murphyslabrat on 3/12/2008 5:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, geek that I am, I like the Open Office interface. It is simple and unobtrusive, and offers the same functionality as a program that costs infinitely more.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 6:36:10 PM , Rating: 3
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It is simple and unobtrusive, and offers the same functionality as a program that costs infinitely more.

No, far from it infact. It offers the same "very basic" functionality. If you want to get into advanced features, or really getting your mileage out of it, Open Office isn't even a competitor.


RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By robinthakur on 3/13/2008 7:14:05 AM , Rating: 2
That sounds amazing! And its free!! Does it offer full SharePoint integration like Office 2007? If so I might just dump my Office 2007 which is just the most awful program imaginable and certainly offers no perceptable benefits over this free and fully functional software...none whatsoever </sarcasm>


RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By kmmatney on 3/13/2008 12:53:25 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly how I have felt about openoffice so far - it's stuck at the office97 level. It's great when you want office-like functionality on a spare computer, though.


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