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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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By sapiens74 on 3/12/2008 5:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
Unlike MS and Apple which offer a complete solution, with Apple tossing hardware into the mix.

Apple made Unix pretty and intuitive and easy to use, MS made Windows the most compatible and they also make the most needed application Office for both of those platforms.

If Linux had a united front like the other two, with all devleopers backing one Distro, you could see them making some serious progress. Until that happens, and the consumer can buy a complete Linux solution, no one will care.




By robinthakur on 3/13/2008 7:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
You articulate my thoughts perfectly. Even the Apple bashers must admire Apple's achievements with getting Unix into a state where its perceived as easier to use than Windows and prettier. Who would have thought that before OSX?? Out of interest is OSX governed by a GPL license or not?

Linux stands zero chance in America. It feels like an OS built by and for communists :) Seriously...'cloned' apps which attempt to duplicate the functionality of its full-sized, full-priced versions on Windows for free. All called silly names like Gimp and Gnome so you can't even guess what they do. You couldn't make it up. Nobody in the Linux community knows the beginning of good business sense, and if any do, they are derided and howled down as neophytes.

A 7 year old child would be able to give them better leadership and strategic thinking and tell them that they need to unite behind Ubuntu (or whatever's popular this week) and push development into making that non-threatening to the general populace and selling its advantages to software companies more.

For example, a good advantage of the PC gaming scene dying a death, is that people will see games consoles as being used for games and PC's, be it Mac, Windows or linux variant as being used for productivity more, which should suit Linux down to the ground as it generally offers a fairly good browsing experience (unless you need proprietary MS solutions such as SharePoint, so not for the business environment) and for cheapo stuff for the third world like the EEEPc then its perfect if they add better power management. They do need to update Star Office seriously though and try and hide/get rid of the need for the command prompt as much as possible.


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