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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: Heh
By omnicronx on 3/12/2008 4:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
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You mean all of the msgboard posters who claim Linux is 1000x better than Windows are wrong? The average consumer doesnt want linux? Looks to me like Windows have nearly a 160x bigger market share than old linux.
Windows does not control the market because they dominate the home desktop PC world, Windows dominates because they own the business world. Its a trickle effect, solely target business's and the tricle effect of people being required to know and use windows at work, will ensure the same people buy a windows PC at home.

Mac OSX seems to be a superior OS for the average, I play music watch videos and surf the net user. But apple targets their resources and marketing towards the home user, the main reason why they will NEVER take enough marketshare from Microsoft to be considered a real competitor unless they change their business strategy.

Although Apple does seem to care more about profits than marketshare, as it seems they are more than content hovering at around the 7-10% marketshare as long as they rake in the cash.


RE: Heh
By TomZ on 3/12/2008 7:24:38 PM , Rating: 2
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Windows does not control the market because they dominate the home desktop PC world, Windows dominates because they own the business world. Its a trickle effect, solely target business's and the tricle effect of people being required to know and use windows at work, will ensure the same people buy a windows PC at home.

Actually, I think it works both ways. In other words, people like it best when they have the same OS at home and at work. Lessens learning curves, businesses spend less resources training, people can do work stuff at home, etc.


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