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The future (suggested retail price $199)

Posted on | November 20, 2007 | No Comments

Lots ‘o buzz around the $199 Everex desktop PC that Wal-Mart is selling. It sold out but now is listed as in stock on the Wal-Mart site. The reviews have been widespread and for the most part very upbeat on this Linux-based baby. The only thing that doesn’t come with it is a display (and you wanted to upgrade to a widescreen HD model for home anyway, didn’t you?) and a printer.
For some perspective, Adobe Photoshop costs three to four times the amount of this piece of hardware.
I tried this model with an old laptop this summer. Tried getting Ubuntu Linux fired up on it and it was a dismal failure (not because of Ubuntu, I suspect, but because of me; if i spend $15 or $20 for a valid copy, it probably would work fine).
The point is software’s pretty much free and online. This is a Microsoft et al problem. The hardware, God bless Gordon Moore and his colleagues, is cheaper by the hour. Intel still wins the game if it stays smart and focused. (In the Everex case, Via wins the game, but that’s another story).
Would love to see Wolfe’s Den blog about this system.
Alex?

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