Although Everex generated a fair amount of hype for selling a bargain-basement-priced, Linux-powered PC through Wal-Mart stores, the publicity apparently wasn’t strong enough to convince the superstore chain to keep offering the machine. As the Associated Press reports, Wal-Mart says it has stopped putting $199 Everex gPCs on its shelves on grounds that the machine “really wasn’t what our customers were looking for.”
The $199 gPC doesn’t come with a monitor, but it sports a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor, integrated graphics, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. Running the show is an Ubuntu-based gOS Linux distribution pre-loaded with open-source productivity software and links to Google web apps. Wal-Mart still offers the gPC through its online store, but it has decided not to renew stocks for its brick-and-mortar locations.
Everex apparently isn’t taking this move as a huge blow. The company’s brand manager, Paul Kim, tells the AP that selling the gPC online is “significantly more effective” than offering it through brick-and-mortar stores. Together with the gPC, Everex sells its $399, Eee PC-like CloudBook laptop through Walmart.com.