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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: WTF
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 3:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
True. If they can't move enough, can't get logistics squared away for shipping to most of the stores, or if it has a high return rate they don't stock it. It's very possible they recieved a lot of complaints that when they got it home it didn't work, didn't do basic things the way they were used to, and returned it in short order.


RE: WTF
By anotherdude on 3/12/2008 4:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
Can you buy one of these things and just throw XP on it? You would think. Unless the BIOS forbids it or else drivers are simply unavailable. If so I wonder how many of these things were bought and turned into cheap Windows boxes.


RE: WTF
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 6:52:43 PM , Rating: 2
Given the hardware it would be a mediocre XP system at best.


RE: WTF
By anotherdude on 3/12/2008 7:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but I'm just wondering how many of the boxes sold actually ended up running Linux at all. If one came my way I'd slap XP on it right away and give it to somebody, or use it myself is I was short on cash.


RE: WTF
By bfonnes on 3/12/2008 7:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mock your use of good adjectives, but how about craptacular? :D


RE: WTF
By joemoedee on 3/13/2008 6:53:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Given the hardware it would be a mediocre XP system at best.


It actually shouldn't be that bad of a XP system. XP's been out a long time now, and its very low on the hardware requirements. I wouldn't try playing any games on it, but for general office/internet duties I'm certain it would provide acceptable performance.

The biggest things hurting this product for the general consumer:

1. No Windows. Sorry, but when Linux has just passed Windows 98 in usage, it's not ready for primetime, nor will it ever really be ready. (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070903-linu...

2. No monitor. Once you add on a decent monitor for say, $150, you're now at $349. Most times you can find a more powerful, Windows loaded system, Monitor included, Name brand system for around the same price.

This product can do well on-line, mainly because the majority of the buyers would probably end up being more enthusiasts that just need a cheap box.

I'm sorry, this is not a full general purpose machine for the masses.


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