Remember the gPC? It’s Everex’s $199 “green” Linux computer, the one Wal-Mart stocked up on during the last holiday season. Well, it seems the “experiment” is over, with an unsatisfied Wal-Mart putting those famous price-cutting scissors on their plan to sell the cheap PC in their stores.
According to the AP, Wal-Mart concluded that their middle-American consumer base was not hip to the gPC’s Linux-based operating system. However, seeing the appeal of the computer to a more geeky clientele, Wal-Mart will continue to sell it on their website.
Why should anyone care? Far as I know, this was the first mass production of consumer electronics with some green features (low power consumption — not enough to make it completely green, but a start).
I know what you’re thinking: “If it’s just the OS they didn’t like, why not slap Microsoft Windows on it?” Trust me on this: putting Windows on a green computer is not a good idea.