I've already mentioned this week that Wal-Mart sold out of the sub-$200 Everex gPCs. What's more, according to a company spokesperson the Google-friendly, Linux-based PC is "one of the top performing desktops on Wal-Mart.com."
As Sci-Tech Today reports:
The gPC runs a version of Linux called gOS, and uses a 1.5-GHz processor from Via Technologies, an 80-GB hard drive, and 512 MB of RAM... Built on the newly released Ubuntu 7.10... the gPC comes with standard open-source software such as Firefox and OpenOffice. But one interesting twist is that the computing experience is not desktop-oriented but rather focused on the "cloud," the universe of applications available online.
And Everex's dream, according to marketing director Paul Kim, is to bring Linux to the masses by combining it with Google. That's why, he says,
We recommend Google for just about everything ... Gmail, Gtalk, Calendar, Maps, Docs and Spreadsheets, and more. We'd like to welcome you to the idea that Google already is your "operating system."
If the gPC remains successful over the long haul, it may be a second wind for desktop Linux, according to analysts quoted in the story. The real test will be whether users will be sufficiently satisfied with Google Apps or OpenOffice rather than Microsoft Office.