OT: Wal-Mart stops selling Linux-based computers



Customer demand for alternative to Windows too little to keep on shelves
NEW YORK - Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of
Microsoft Corp.'s Windows didn't attract enough attention from Wal-Mart
customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman
said Monday.

"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

Walmart.com now carries an updated version, the gPC2, also for $199, without
a monitor. The site also sells a tiny Linux-driven laptop, the Everex
CloudBook, for $399.

Linux software is maintained and developed by individuals and companies
around the world on an "open source" basis, meaning that everyone has access
to the software's blueprints and can modify them.

There is no licensing fee for Linux, which helps keeps the cost of the
Everex PC low. Manufacturers have to pay Microsoft to sell computers with
Windows preloaded.

Linux is in widespread use in server computers, but it hasn't made a dent in
the desktop market. Surveys usually put its share of that market around 1
percent, far behind Windows and Apple Inc.'s OS X.

Smaller laptops like the CloudBook could provide an entree for Linux, since
it runs well on systems with modest memory and hard drive capacity.


Just.some.guy said:
Didn't see other thread...sorry. (must have been too early in the

I didn't see it either so it was worth reposting so we can follow the
continued success of Linux


Bobby McNulty

Bill said:
I didn't see it either so it was worth reposting so we can follow the
continued success of Linux

GCC 4.3 cannot compile the Linux Kernel properly.
Odd thing: The bug never fixed from earlier GCC's and it
was not a bug in the compiler, but the way how the kernel handles a certain
I/O operation.
In other words, Linux is improperly designed and is faulty.

More about this can be found in the mailing list at: http://gcc.gnu.org

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