FINALLY! There's an Ubuntu machine that's not only made for the masses...it's actually going to get used by the masses. Wal-Mart has just announced that they'll be selling the Everex's TC2502 gPC for under $200 this holiday season.
Now, to most of us geeks these things are gonna seem pretty low-tech. Eighty gig hard drive, only half a gig of RAM, and a 1.5 ghz single core Via C7 CPU. Frankly, this computer couldn't even run Windows Vista...which is why Ubuntu is so frikkin awesome.
Instead of constantly forcing upgrades, Ubuntu manages to look good, while not requiring power-sucking processors and massive amounts of RAM. In the end, this machine uses low-tech components to create a high-end experience. That is, if people can get used to Linux. It comes with a simple desktop interface, loaded up with Google applications, Open Office, Skype and other free tools.
Best of all, Everex is offering free customer support to the Wal-Mart demographic, who might have a bit of trouble picking up a new operating system.
The gPC also sips power, due to its low-end components. In fact, the entire computer could be stored in a mini-PC box (think Zonbu) but Wal-Mart's done the market testing, and found that low-end users that shop for PCs at Wal-Mart still equate size with performance (effing lame...I know.) But if that's what it takes to get green machines into the hands of the masses, I'm willing to make that sacrafice...and at least they'll be easy to upgrade.
Unforunately they're not going on sale everywhere. The limited holiday release will only see about 10,000 units in 600 stores. But if demand for a cheap green PC is as strong as I suspect it will be, we could finally see an anti-obsolescence OS taking hold in America, starting Christmas '07.
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