Everex rolls out CloudBook, preps mini-gPC

— 9:45 AM on February 27, 2008

Californian PC maker Everex made a name for itself after years of obscurity last November when it unveiled the gPC, a $199 Linux-powered desktop sold through Wal-Mart. A couple of months later, the company announced the CloudBook, a low-cost notebook based on a similar formula to the gPC's: VIA C7 chips, integrated graphics, a Linux OS, and a few extras to keep users happy.

As Engadget reports, the CloudBook has finally started selling at Wal-Mart. The machine can be purchased from this page on Wal-Mart's website, and it costs only $399. For that price, you get a 7" 800 x 480 display, a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor, 512MB of DDR2-533 RAM, a 30GB hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a built-in webcam, and a 4-in-1 card reader. Like the gPC, the CloudBook runs a gOS operating system that's based on Ubuntu Linux but features a more lightweight interface and shortcuts for common applications.

With the CloudBook now out the door, Everex has more plans for low-cost Linux PCs. Engadget says one of its upcoming models is the gPC mini, which looks like a cross between the existing gPC and—you guessed it—Apple's Mac mini. The device is already up on Everex's website, and the company says it'll become available on Newegg.com on March 1.

The gPC mini. Source: Everex.

For the gPC mini, Everex will be ditching VIA for a 1.86GHz Pentium T2130 processor and GMA950 graphics from Intel. The gPC mini will also feature 512MB of DDR2-667 RAM, a 120GB hard drive, a DVD burner, DVI and S-Video ports, FireWire, a card reader, and the same gOS Linux-based operating system as the CloudBook and gPC. The switch from VIA to Intel will be reflected in the machine's price tag: $499, or $200 more than the regular gPC.

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