Wal-Mart Sells $199 Linux Computer

Hey, two Wal-Mart stories in a row. No conspiracy here, I promise.

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Linux, the free operating system that's a perpetual underdog in the desktop market, is showing up in computers in Wal-Mart stores this week for the first time.

About 600 Wal-Mart stores will carry the $199 Linux-powered "Green gPC" made by Everex of Taiwan, Wal-Mart said. It was available online on Wednesday.

A comparable Everex PC that comes with Windows Vista Home Basic and more memory costs $99 more, or $298, partly because the manufacturer has to pay Microsoft Corp. for a software license. Both computers come with keyboard, mouse, and speakers, but no monitor.

But here's the $199 question: How many of these will sell? Their last Linux venture didn't turn out so well and I don't see this one being any different.

markjensen in the forum also makes an interesting point mentioning that the OS mentioned on the product page references "gOS", not Linux.

News source: [Associated Press] via [Back Page News]

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May be a dumb question but I can connect to my cable internet with this low-end PC right?

It'd be nice to have a backup desktop to my laptop incase something horrible were to happen.

hell for people who need a cheap pc... get it, format it, and put windows xp back onto it all for 199 cant really complain there.

Yeah, pay 145$ OS for a 199$ computer. Makes perfect sense ......

hell for people who need a cheap pc... get it, format it, and put windows xp back onto it all for 199 cant really complain there.

hmm, probably usefull for people who cant afford anything better.
that gos looks interesting...but i for one wouldnt want to use it :D

The gPC is built using tiny components, but put inside a full-size case because research indicates that Wal-Mart shoppers are so unsophisticated they equate physical size with capability.

Its like the joke I had heard about the guy who said that his computer was better because it was bigger.