Wal-Mart Dumps Linux Desktop From Retail Stores

Despite the company's decision to cease selling the computers in its retail stores, they are still available on Wal-Mart's consumer Web site. Although the in-store stock sold out, Wal-Mart does not plan to restock stores with the gPC.

Some reports suggested the public's unfamiliarity with Linux as the reason for Wal-Mart's decision, while others claim a product with performance limitations is a factor. This is not the first time Wal-Mart sold Linux computers but it is the first time the products were sold in physical stores.

Walmart.com currently carries nine Everex models, two of them Linux-based: an updated version of the Everex desktop offering, called the gPC2, also for $199 without a monitor, and the Everex Cloudbook, a $399 Linux-driven laptop.

Calls for comment to Everex, which is based in Fremont, Calif., were not returned at the time of publication.

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Linux has struggled to find its way into the desktop marketplace for years. The Linux OS currently lags far behind Apple's OS X and Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows OS, which companies like Everex or Linspire offer as an alternative. In January, Linspire, the San Diego-based developer of the Linspire and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems, announced a $199 Linux PC, after $100 mail-in rebate, through retailer Sears' Web site.