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According to a Wal-Mart spokesperson, there wasn’t enough interest in PCs that run Linux so the retail giant will discontinue the sales of penguin powered PCs. Bummer.

"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

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"The Windows Snowball Effect"

I don't have time to read it right now but I'll hit it up later.

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How about if the demand wasnt right because of a product that no one wanted hardware wise as well? Hope they took that into account as well!
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Key Features & Benefits:
# 1.5 GHz Via Technologies C7-D processor
Delivers energy-saving performance
# Preinstalled Software: OpenOffice.org 2.2 (includes WRITER, IMPRESS, nMATH, DRAW, CALC and BASE)
This is the latest version of the leading open-source office suite, which includes upgrades to its word processor, spreadsheet, presentations and database software
# gOS Software Applications and operating system
Enables you to use the supplied OpenOffice.org 2.2 software suite
# DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive
Lets you play DVDs and burn your own CDs for entertainment and data backup
# 512 MB of DDR2 system memory
Offers good performance and is expandable to 2 GB
# 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Connects to a local area network or broadband Internet devices
# 80 GB hard disk drive
Provides space for documents, games, photos and music
I don't know that I would've bought one either.

But, they have to realize, people that buy PCs at Wal-Mart want what they've used before (Windows). And if they've never used Linux and don't have someone near to show them what they can do (and how to load PC games in some instances), they aren't going to be something that Wal-Mart can sell. Plus, I can just imagine the sales reps in Electronics "Ummm.. .its Linux... I dunno..."
    
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wow those specs are aweful. its strictly an e-mail machine.
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I'm surprised no one asked "What graphic cards does it hold ?"
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Its Integrated...

Also, on Wal-Marts page for the computer:
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Step up to the Everex GC3502 for Double the Memory and Windows Vista Basic
Its like $80 more than the one with 512MB and gOS. If they had the 2 sitting next to each other, which do you think the average consumer is going to get? The one with Microsoft Windows Vista, or the one with gOS?
    
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How about if the demand wasnt right because of a product that no one wanted hardware wise as well? Hope they took that into account as well!
The vast majority of people shopping for a computer at Walmart don't know anything about hardware, so I am not so sure that this is a valid argument in this case.

Shopping at Walmart is bad enough, but shopping at Walmart for a computer is just begging for something bad to happen to you.
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The vast majority of people shopping for a computer at Walmart don't know anything about hardware
Exactly. They're going to go for names they know. Dell, HP, Compaq. Not many consumers ever hear of Everex, and if they do look at the Everex, they're going to get the one that has something they've heard of, Windows.
    
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I could have told Walmart this idea was doomed from the start. And don't blame it on the hardware, this is strictly Linux's fault. Well, I take that back. It could be partly due to their sales force. I'm guessing this was a typical sales pitch:

Salesman: "Can I help you today, ma'am?"
Customer: "I'm interested in buying a new computer. Could you tell me about this one?"
Salesman: "It's an Everex."
Customer: "I've never heard of that company."
Salesman: "Neither have I."
Customer: "Why is it so cheap?"
Salesman: "It's got some weird Windows knock off called Linus or something."
Customer: "Oh. Is Linus any good?"
Salesman: "I dunno... We can't figure out how to do anything on it."
Customer: "Ok. Dell it is!"

Not to mention that if the salesman works on commission, you'd have a hard time convincing him to push the cheapest PC in the store.
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