Skip to comments.Wal-Mart Ends Test of Linux in Stores: Not What Customers Sought
Posted on 03/10/2008 10:06:24 PM PDT by HAL9000
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.
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Is that from personal experience or just what you have heard?
Is that from personal experience or just what you have heard?personal experience. If you use linux, then I'm surprised you ask. If you've never used one of the distro's, then know that it's a really powerful os, but sometimes you have to tinker to get things working.
I do use Linux; it’s what I boot to 99% of the time (though I keep an XP partition for when I want to be able to help someone remotely and be able to look at the GUI as I walk them through the “fix” they need).
I don’t think it takes any more effort to manage the user experience in Ubuntu or its derivatives than it does WinXP. It just takes different effort...effort not familiar or similar to XP.
In Linux a user need spend no time managing anti-virus software, because there are virtually none. With XP users spend time and, usually, money, to stay safe. The same is true for Vista.
And all too frequently users lose serious time due to the delays caused by memory hogging anti-virus software. I have many friends who constantly complain about Norton or Trend Micro, though some have had good luck with AVG not being a system hog.
In Linux, there is usually no need to worry about remote exploits cause there are usually no running services open to the Internet. I say usually because there are certainly some that will be wide open.
Certainly if a new Ubuntu user begins to make changes to the default install of the OS they run the potential of problems, and certainly drivers can be a problem, but that is not NEARLY what it was 3 years ago.
Basically, I think most people who stumble or struggle with Ubuntu are struggling with the change of the user interface; the lack of what is familiar to them in XP. You see the same issue with XP refugees who go to Mac and the same from them if they move to Vista.
Anyway, there are trade offs. I haven’t had to buy software for my 2 year old notebook and it works great with Ubuntu.
My first computer was an Atari 1200XL and in some ways Linux is a step backwards, as in back when you could open up the hood of your car and fix it yourself that is! I switched over to Linux last year and I'm never going back!
No, I’m talking about the need to operate in many of the ways that DOS was operated. This is why it is not suitable to the computer user of today. To someone with a lot of time on their hands and a desire to fool around with this stuff it is fine, but to the typical non-technical user of today it is a turn-off.
I think Linux in general has a great opportunity in the next several years to really move forward into the desktop market if they smooth out the experience for windows users, and make it pain free to integrate hardware. We will all benefit if they succeed.
Fixed it for you. My image editing is a little rough, largely because I just don't have the patience for it.
I don’t know if that’s much of a fix. Mr. Linux is looking like a he’s in a D&D role playing fantasy game there!
hes in a D&D role playing fantasy game there!
Look, I know that hacker/programmer types are more into sci-fi than most, but don't tell me that you've never seen Star Wars!
Ah, the Freespire (now owned by Xandros) desktop.
Anyway, the last released version of gOS Rocket E is the best E17-based version of gOS. I noticed somebody made yet another version of it and added a bunch of useful tools. It’s called gOS Ultimate E. I downloaded it and it runs very well on my laptop.