Wal-Mart Yanks Linux PC From Shelves, Keeps Them Online
After only a few months on the shelves, the plug has been pulled on the Linux experiment at Wal-Mart stores.
Wal-Mart had been selling Everex's gPC for $199 since November, but decided to scrap the offering in its stores. The retailer will continue to sell the PC at its online store. "It looks like this particular product serves our online customer space best and that's where we'll continue sales of Everex," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien said in an interview.
Wal-Mart.com sells nine different Everex models, including two Linux laptops and the gPC's successor gPC2, which is a Linux desktop like the gPC. The Linux models range from $199 to $399. They all run gOS, a Linux distribution created by Good OS that comes bundled with icons to launch a number of Google (NSDQ: GOOG)-run and other online services. A company spokesman told InformationWeek last year that the gPC had been a "top performer" online.