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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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Windows is limited and a limitation
By eegake on 3/12/2008 9:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
It comes with a set of underlying assumptions originating from the marketing side that the things it offers are necessary or even desirable.

The premier example is the Office suite. The world will never regain the lost billions of man-hours spent fiddling with senselessly ornate Word documents and templates, not ever. PowerPoint is renowned for leading people to dumb down ideas to a small collections of dot points, see the paper "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint" by Edward Tufte for a concise analysis of this.

Probably the most interesting loss of productivity I have seen due to Windows is that operating within the paradigm it provides leads people to create manual processes that require a computer operated mouse actuator made of flesh for work that could be entirely automated. I see this again and again, often with the result that a great deal of effort put into a Windows solution becomes a complete throwaway when it is time to industrialize a process.

Right now I have literally hundreds of computers doing work for me, I never physically touch them and really can't even be sure of their physical location other than that they aren't in the same room with me. If the only tool I had in my kit was a GUI with a mouse, I could very simply not be productive in my work, in fact my work would be impossible.

The condition of "Windopia", a blinding nearsightedness brought about by seeing computing through MS Windows, is a mental prison. When Edsger Dijkstra said "COBOL cripples the mind" he illustrated the limits of his vision at the time, for he never anticipated what a sinkhole of human endeavor the world of GUI and mouse would become. To read the postings here one might believe it is the only one of all possible worlds, and nothing is further from the truth.




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