Wal-Mart: The Penguin's Goose Is Cooked

Wal-Mart: The Penguin's Goose Is Cooked

Linux fans felt as though Wal-Mart's decision to retail inexpensive computers  that use Linux for their operating system meant that the free, open source software would finally break out into general public. Oh yeah, and Ron Paul's going to be President.

"This really wasn't what our customers were looking for," said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien.

To test demand for systems with the open-source operating system, Wal-Mart stocked the $199 "Green gPC," made by Everex of Taiwan, in about 600 stores starting late in October.

Walmart.com, the chain's e-commerce site, had sold Linux-based computers before and will continue selling the gPC. This was the first time they appeared on retail shelves.

Paul Kim, brand manager for Everex, said selling the gPC online was "significantly more effective" than selling it in stores.

Wal-Mart sold out the in-store gPC inventory but decided not to restock, O'Brien said. The company does not reveal sales figures for individual items.


The sales of the desktop might have been hampered by a lack of an included monitor. But in any event, it appears the general public would still rather steal Windows than use a copy of Linux for free. 
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Most people have not even heard of Linux before..

They just hear Windows and Microsoft..

I personally just have a couple of months using Linux.. actually making my own copy of LFS (Linux From Scratch) and BLFS.. (Beyond LFS)..

Damn it sucks getting errors while compiling a freaking packet :p.. Open Office is a Pain in the Butt to install :p..

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I have yet to take the plunge into linux. My experience lies in windows 95 to the current OS'...and Mac OSX. But I really do need to get linux installed..I'll probably name Ubuntu and give it a go on one of my older rigs. But I just need to get unlazy and do it....lol 

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 The consumer is the real loser here. Walmart didn't give it long enough to work in my opinion. I work in a town with a lot of pron monkeys and elderly and these little everex machines fit the bill nicely for the dollars spent.

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I stick with Windows because most of my customers use Windows and I have to support them.  In 25 years I've been ask to fix 2 Macs, and 0 Linux boxes.  Gotta stay where the money is. 

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Go for Kubuntu.. it's more similar to Windows :)..

I'm actually considering getting one of those Asus Eee PC and use a nice Linux Distro on it..

Being a Computer Engineer, one needs to know alot more than just Microsoft..

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 I have customers on all 3 sides of the fence. It's not just a windows world any more.

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 i actualy like red hat

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^Bad_Boy^:
Go for Kubuntu.. it's more similar to Windows :)..

I'm actually considering getting one of those Asus Eee PC and use a nice Linux Distro on it..

Being a Computer Engineer, one needs to know alot more than just Microsoft..
 

Looking into it Big Smile. Thanks for the suggestion...I have a comprehensive understanding of windows and mac osx (more so windows obviously), but I really do need to pick up a linux OS. I'll probably set up my dual amd mp 1800 machine or my p3 933 rig to run it for some learning experience =P. <3 open source

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If you aren't familiar with Linux then Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Linspire would be your best bet -- I too am not that familiar with Linux but I've dabbled just a bit with Ubuntu and found it quite interesting to say the least. Only complaint I really had was trying to figure out #1) How to extract compressed files and 2)Installing programs in general. It made me work a bit anyway

I 100% agree that Wal-mart just didn't give the idea time -- price was on their side in the battle and obviously if units were "selling out" these units were being sold so why not just give it a chance for a while hm?

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tar -xvf thefile.tar.bz2

./configure --prefix=/usr

make

make check

make install :p


It gets repetitive with how many packets u have to install like dependencies etc..

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^Bad_Boy^:
tar -xvf thefile.tar.bz2

./configure --prefix=/usr
make
make check
make install :p

I am obviously a newb....because I have no idea what you are talking about...but then again its been like 2yrs sinces I have even done anything with any Linux flavor. I wish my school offered an "intro to OS's" class where we spent like half the semester on OS.X and the other half on a few different distros of Linux

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ice91785:

^Bad_Boy^:
tar -xvf thefile.tar.bz2

./configure --prefix=/usr
make
make check
make install :p

I am obviously a newb....because I have no idea what you are talking about...but then again its been like 2yrs sinces I have even done anything with any Linux flavor. I wish my school offered an "intro to OS's" class where we spent like half the semester on OS.X and the other half on a few different distros of Linux

if they offered that bill gates would stop donating to eduacation

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My guess is people buying these know nothing about computers and when they get home to surf the internet and whatever. Grandma wants to know why her outlook isnt on the desktop and such.

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