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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: WTF
By joemoedee on 3/13/2008 6:53:17 AM , Rating: 2
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Given the hardware it would be a mediocre XP system at best.


It actually shouldn't be that bad of a XP system. XP's been out a long time now, and its very low on the hardware requirements. I wouldn't try playing any games on it, but for general office/internet duties I'm certain it would provide acceptable performance.

The biggest things hurting this product for the general consumer:

1. No Windows. Sorry, but when Linux has just passed Windows 98 in usage, it's not ready for primetime, nor will it ever really be ready. (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070903-linu...

2. No monitor. Once you add on a decent monitor for say, $150, you're now at $349. Most times you can find a more powerful, Windows loaded system, Monitor included, Name brand system for around the same price.

This product can do well on-line, mainly because the majority of the buyers would probably end up being more enthusiasts that just need a cheap box.

I'm sorry, this is not a full general purpose machine for the masses.


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