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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 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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By grimdeath on 3/12/2008 3:20:37 PM , Rating: 3
Wow a lot of non-linux fans on dailytech I see. So people on here dont like windows and MS, they dont like Apple, and they do not like linux....what exactly do you people like?! :P

The problem with linux is not distributions, I actually see that as a positive due to branching the market and brining focus in a variety of departments, no the problem is that a lot of big name companies by not porting or building their products and games to linux. If anyone here has actually ran linux they will know that natively running programs (quake wars:ET, filezilla, etc..) actually run just as well if not better. The problem is that people seem to think that just because they put something on linux it has to be open source or free...which just is NOT the case.

Installation of programs and support has came REALLY far in the past two years between my casual tests of distro's like Ubuntu with installation of most apps being "double click and run" anymore. It IS getting much better for non-techie users to handle.

Go ahead and charge me $600 for photoshop cs3 and give me a native linux version, what is adobe losing there? I see them losing more by not doing it due to a higher availability rate. Though of course customer support and perhaps more dev time may be tagged in there bug if you have a knowledgeable linux dev then your fine.

The problem is lack of support by developers, NOT lack of ability by the OS itself.

RE: Wow
By TomZ on 3/12/2008 3:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is lack of support by developers, NOT lack of ability by the OS itself.

No, the problem is that Linux supporters haven't figured out how to overcome the Catch-22 wherein developers don't invest in Linux apps because of the lack of marketshare, and consumers don't buy Linux because of the lack of apps.

In other words, it's not the developers' (software vendors') fault that this situation exists. They are just reacting to the reality of the situation.

RE: Wow
By drzoo2 on 3/12/2008 4:15:55 PM , Rating: 1
Funny how ID managed to release UT2004, Soon to release UT3. Doom3, Quake3, Quake wars, all of these have native Linux installs. Someone managed to do it.....on a large scale.


RE: Wow
By darkpaw on 3/12/2008 4:21:34 PM , Rating: 3
Considering id doesn't even make the Unreal games thats kinda funny.

RE: Wow
By drzoo2 on 3/12/2008 8:46:15 PM , Rating: 2
Hey thanks for pointing that out. So to further my case there are two major software companies that are able to support Linux. is funny.
I realize these companies are going to make decisions that further their profit margins vs the right thing. My point is it must be feasible in some cases for developers, like ID and Epic, to release native Lin installs or they wouldn't do it. At some point, most likely when it's too late people are going to wish they had an alternative when MS finally pulls their bag of tricks and kills the open source community. They'll keep Aple around so the appearance of competition is there. At that point the Music industry will be happy, The Motion picture industry will be happy, The consumer, not so happy.


RE: Wow
By TomZ on 3/12/2008 4:26:07 PM , Rating: 4
So what about the other 99%? Are you saying they're all wrong?

My main issue is your implication that software vendors that don't decide to support niche operating systems are somehow bad. In my book, they're just following good business practices. Maybe some companies will reach different decisions, but the vast majority of companies make a basic cost-benefit analysis.

And I also reject your implication that it is somehow the duty of software vendors to invest their own resources in order to help ensure the success of Linux. That makes no sense.

RE: Wow
By Master Kenobi on 3/12/2008 6:38:39 PM , Rating: 3
From a business perspective, Linux needs to convince software development companies that developing for their systems is a good and profitable decision, that will benefit their company. Frankly in a basic cost analysis measure the cost to port to Linux versus the average return cost from the tiny Linux community is a non-starter.

RE: Wow
By robinthakur on 3/13/2008 7:24:43 AM , Rating: 1
And that's just including the recoverable costs from those that don't feel that its fine to pirate their software just because its been made for a free OS. I assure you that the numbers are not on Linux's side here...SHaving said that, some apps in the higher echelons such as Maya have been available on a nix variant for years now. Mac's rule the Photoshop market, if only for snob value, so forget that. Whilst you can make it run on PC, try telling that to a designer who's Feng Shui environment would be compromised by the noisy, fugly square box you'd install. Not gonna happen. I can only imagine what they'd say when confronted with a Gnome or KDE interface, but it wouldn't be pretty.

RE: Wow
By Spivonious on 3/12/2008 4:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
I have no doubt that Photoshop (as an example) heavily utilizes the Windows API. To port it to Linux Adobe would have to completely rewrite the entire application, which isn't practical.

Just look at Flash. It's so heavily entangled in the 32-bit world that Adobe still hasn't released a 64-bit version of it.

What is Adobe losing by offering a native Linux executable? Lots and lots of time, and as we all know, time equals money.

RE: Wow
By TomZ on 3/12/2008 4:12:07 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly right. People these days seem to forget that commercial software development costs money, lots of money. And businesses have only limited resources, and therefore, they need to invest in developing in areas that give the best return. And obviously many companies have realized that supporting non-Windows platforms just isn't worth the investment.

In other words, most companies that sell software don't give a crap about whether a particular OS thrives or survives, unless that somehow helps their bottom line (e.g., Microsoft).

RE: Wow
By omnicronx on 3/12/2008 4:44:01 PM , Rating: 1
I have no doubt that Photoshop (as an example) heavily utilizes the Windows API. To port it to Linux Adobe would have to completely rewrite the entire application, which isn't practical.
Porting a 1000 dollar program like photoshop to linux just does not make good business sense, its as simple as that. It has nothing to do with windows apis are the complexity of running on a different environment. Once again the linux GPL comes into play, Adobe would have to release a free version of photoshop, even if it is limited, you would have to think nobody is going to pay the huge photoshop price tag if they can get the essentials for free. And lets not get started about reverse engineering. Besides the GIMP is a great photoshop clone, and would probably be better than any first gen photoshop product that adobe could come out with.

As for the rest of your post, you seem to be right on the mark.

RE: Wow
By johnsonx on 3/12/2008 6:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
you mean I can't write a program for Linux and sell it unless I give it away too? That doesn't seem correct. I understand a Linux OS distro has to be available free, but there are commercial Linux programs out there.

RE: Wow
By Spivonious on 3/13/2008 10:49:46 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think Linux software has to be under the GPL, just core OS stuff.

RE: Wow
By rcc on 3/12/2008 5:52:33 PM , Rating: 1
what exactly do you people like?! :

They like to bitch

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