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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: Linux is not a consumer OS
By murphyslabrat on 3/12/2008 5:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, geek that I am, I like the Open Office interface. It is simple and unobtrusive, and offers the same functionality as a program that costs infinitely more.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 6:36:10 PM , Rating: 3
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It is simple and unobtrusive, and offers the same functionality as a program that costs infinitely more.

No, far from it infact. It offers the same "very basic" functionality. If you want to get into advanced features, or really getting your mileage out of it, Open Office isn't even a competitor.


RE: Linux is not a consumer OS
By robinthakur on 3/13/2008 7:14:05 AM , Rating: 2
That sounds amazing! And its free!! Does it offer full SharePoint integration like Office 2007? If so I might just dump my Office 2007 which is just the most awful program imaginable and certainly offers no perceptable benefits over this free and fully functional software...none whatsoever </sarcasm>


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