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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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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.

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