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Linux PCs still available at Wal-Mart: Just not the one down the road

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| Yes, Wal-Mart is selling gOS Linux-powered Everex laptops, but then again
| they never stopped selling them. What they did so was stop selling them at
| their retail stores. Today, if you want an Everex gOS PC you need to go to
| the Wal-Mart Web site.


Shuttle KPC K-4500

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| Perhaps the biggest difference is the way you acquire new software. The
| operating system has a useful update feature that lets you look for and
| install new components. We've already updated multiple times over the course
| of this review. For new applications, you can't simply download an EXE file
| from the Web and expect it to work. Instead you need to find programs that
| are compatible with your specific version of Linux (in this case Foresight),
| or compile the source code yourself.
| Assuming that a Linux novice might find your average compiler a bit
| intimidating, the alternative is Foresight's Add/Remove software feature.
| Here you can search an online database of Foresight-approved applications
| available for download. We used this feature to track down the DVD and MP3
| file codecs. Our only complaint is that it doesn't have a interface you can
| browse, or any other means to see what applications are available without
| searching blindly on keywords. Understanding both the software compatibility
| limitations, as well as the means for adding programs the K-4500 can use,
| will be one of the challenges for someone inexperienced with Linux.
| We don't normally test Linux-based desktops, so we had to whip up a few
| custom benchmarks for the K-4500. We built two basic tests using Audacity and
| JAlbum, a music player and photo album tool, respectively, that are free,
| open-source programs that run on Linux, Windows, and OS X-based systems. For
| comparison against the K-4500, we used two eMachines desktops, the $350
| eMachines T3642, and the $430 T5246.



FUD Alert! Wal-Mart, Everex & Linux

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| Monday, the Associated Press released a story on Wal-Mart’s decision to
| discontinue the line of Everex Green gPCs in their brick-and-mortar stores.
| It appears that the retail giant has discovered that the demand for low-cost
| ($199USD) computers is much higher online than in the stores, so they decided
| to make the offering a web-only one, freeing up valuable floor and shelf
| space for other products that do sell well in the stores. * *
| [...]
| Finally, I’d like to add that while the bulk of this article concerns
| Wal-Mart and Everex, and to an extent Linux, the AP still felt it was
| necessary to give Microsoft billing in the very first line (not that Redmond
| minds the much-needed free advertising, of course)! The AP just wants to make
| sure that everyone knows that this was a Linux-only phenomenon and rest
| assured that sales of machines loaded with Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating
| system were in no way impacted. * * *


Please Note: Wal-Mart is STILL SELLING Linux

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| Gotta love tech bloggers and so called 'journalists'. There is alot of buzz
| in tech media this week related to an AP report that claims that Wal-Mart is
| dropping the Everex Linux PC's. *
| Reality is that just as you could last week, you can go to Wal-Mart.com (and
| here I'll make it easy for you and even give you the link:
| http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8304655) and buy the
| Everex gPC today. *



Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.


DSG continues retailer woes

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| DSG, the company formerly known as Dixons, became the latest British retailer
| to report a drop in profits for the summer months today. But it wasn’t all
| down to the rotten weather – this time it was also Microsoft’s fault. *

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