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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 FITCamaro on 3/12/2008 3:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
Best Buy does not sell the creme of the crop for some things, but generally they sell good stuff. I don't buy PCs or laptops there. I bought my TV there along with my surround sound. Yes they're not top of the line but I wasn't looking for it either. And I trust stuff from them far more than Walmart who has even cheaper versions of things produced so they can sell them at a cheaper cost. A product at Walmart is not always the same thing as one of the same name at Best Buy or anywhere else.

Generally though, the biggest things I buy at Best Buy is video games and movies. Yes I can get them online for a bit cheaper but I'll spend an extra buck or two to get it today. But regardless, I'd much rather give my money to Best Buy than Walmart.

I do my research on any high ticket items I buy and shop around for the best price. And actually Best Buy's Magnolia "stores" (which are inside Best Buys) carry extremely highend stuff. Of course they also charge you out the butt for it. Circuit City, while expensive, does typically carry a bit more high end things than Best Buy as well. Even if I could verify that the one I looked at was available at Walmart, was the same one found elsewhere, and they had the cheapest price, I still wouldn't buy it at Walmart.

I have a problem with buying things like TVs online though. If its broke out of the box, you can't just drive back and get another, you have to pay to ship it back, and then wait for them to ship you another.

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