Just when you thought that retailers were starting to take to Linux computers, Wal-Mart changes their mind in selling the systems. Seems in a press release that Wal-Mart thinks that Linux computers are not what their customers want. According to a statement, the selling of Linux computers was just an experiment and sales of the hardware was disappointing. In the AP article it states:
Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows didn’t attract enough attention from Wal-Mart customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman said Monday.
“This really wasn’t what our customers were looking for,” said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien.
To test demand for systems with the open-source operating system, Wal-Mart stocked the $199 “Green gPC,” made by Everex of Taiwan, in about 600 stores starting late in October.
Walmart.com, the chain’s e-commerce site, had sold Linux-based computers before and will continue selling the gPC.
This was the first time they appeared on retail shelves.
Paul Kim, brand manager for Everex, said selling the gPC online was “significantly more effective” than selling it in stores.
Wal-Mart sold out the in-store gPC inventory but decided not to restock, O’Brien said. The company does not reveal sales figures for individual items.
In another twist, it now seems that Asus in their new Eee PC ultraportable models is going with Windows XP instead of Linux and also will be using an Intel CPU instead of one from Via. Seems that Linux is once again being pushed out of the operating system picture.
Complete AP article is here.
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