It was only a short time ago I wrote a piece detailing my initial thoughts on the little Everex boxes running a Google branded OS (Linux) that magically had no actual Google fingerprints anywhere on it at all. Today, I learned that their main distributor, Wal-Mart, has completely sold out of them [Editor's Note: At the writing of this article.]. I have to admit, I’m speechless.
A Computer for Non-Geeks? As much as I’m shocked to say this, the gOS-powered machines may have hit on a market that even other, better-known distros have yet to approach on. I will continue in my belief that the gOS has only scraped the surface. But could it be that their marketing ploy is paying off where other distributions like Linspire and Xandros have failed in the same position — at Wal-Mart? What is the difference and why is one succeeding where others have failed? Does this mean instant success? It’s a start, but not without some hard lessons.
How Many of These Boxes Are Being Returned? The big question that needs to be asked is how many of these PCs are being returned? Not because of any confusion over Linux vs. Windows per se, rather as one sharp commenter pointed out — the lack of dial-up modems.
With many brands of modems readily working with Linux, it would have been smart for the folks at Everex to have thought far enough ahead to have bother including this as an option. If it was a matter of price, I could have shown them where to get one for roughly $7.00 USD, you can easily buy working dial-up modems via an online retailer. Seriously, this is pretty obvious. Not everyone has access to broadband, you know.
And then there is the X factor. Those who thought they were ready to kick the Windows habit only to discover this is not in the cards. How is Wal-Mart reporting these returns and are people truly feeling good about these PCs over what they would be getting from other Linux vendors?
Box Size Remains a Consistent Issue. It seems like the actual form factor of the PC itself remains an issue with many of the otherwise advocates of this gOS-powered box. Personally, as a do-it-yourself-type, I prefer the larger size should I wish to replace something, swap out some RAM and so on.
Others still may find that the power consumption is spot-on with their needs and best of all, they feel good about the money that was spent on this product.
Will This gOS Box Do As Well Outside of Wal-Mart? Frankly, I think it could do quite well based on the purchasing frenzy of late. Last time I was a bit skeptical; however, this time I feel fairly confident that Everex may have a hit on their hands. Let’s just hope that both groups remember to give back to the developers who helped make all of this possible for them. Because without all of the fantastic Linux developers working crazy hours to meet impossible deadlines, none of this would be where it is today. Congrats to both Everex and to the gOS team! I’m impressed.
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