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
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.
quote: Crap is crap, whether you pay $5 or $500 for it. Likewise quality goods are quality goods regardless of the price you pay. Wal-Mart sells lots of crap and a few quality goods, Best Buy sells lots of crap and a few quality goods. Even a place like Tweeter sells lots of crap and a few quality goods. You have to do research on brands and even particular models to find quality goods. And then you need to find out which stores sell them. Sometimes it's Wal-Mart, sometimes it's Best Buy, sometimes it's Amazon.com.-end rant
quote: Exactly. I usually buy name brand items, and when I do, I buy it wherever I find it the cheapest. I don't care if it's Wal-Mart or Target or Best Buy.