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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: Wow
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/12/2008 6:38:39 PM , Rating: 3
From a business perspective, Linux needs to convince software development companies that developing for their systems is a good and profitable decision, that will benefit their company. Frankly in a basic cost analysis measure the cost to port to Linux versus the average return cost from the tiny Linux community is a non-starter.


RE: Wow
By robinthakur on 3/13/2008 7:24:43 AM , Rating: 1
And that's just including the recoverable costs from those that don't feel that its fine to pirate their software just because its been made for a free OS. I assure you that the numbers are not on Linux's side here...SHaving said that, some apps in the higher echelons such as Maya have been available on a nix variant for years now. Mac's rule the Photoshop market, if only for snob value, so forget that. Whilst you can make it run on PC, try telling that to a designer who's Feng Shui environment would be compromised by the noisy, fugly square box you'd install. Not gonna happen. I can only imagine what they'd say when confronted with a Gnome or KDE interface, but it wouldn't be pretty.


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