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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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What does any of this have to do with Linux?
By Kishkumen on 3/12/2008 3:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
It's irrelevant that the gPC ran linux and failed. The gPC may have done slightly better if it came with Windows XP at the same price point, but not by much. The crappy hardware underneath ensures a swift failure to meet user expectations, not the OS itself. Microsoft's monopoly only hastens the dissatisfaction.




By TomZ on 3/12/2008 4:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
I totally disagree. A PC selling at near that price point would sell like hotcakes if it ran XP. The OS is clearly a limiting factor for most people.

Your assumption is that consumers are well-informed about the "crappy" hardware, which they are not. People paying that amount for a PC know it is a bargain PC.

And I'll bet a lot of people who are buying this thing are actually wiping the OS and loading XP on it, just like you see with the Asus Eee (...and why Asus are coming out with XP versions).


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