Everex's TC2502 gPC is the first mass-market
$200 desktop computer, featuring a custom distribution of Ubuntu Linux
and headed for selected Wal-Mart stores.
"It's $200, with no gimmicks or subsidies," Everex spokesman David Liu said.
The gPC aims to joins a popular gang of low-end economy computers
leading into the holiday season, such as Asus' $300 EeePC Laptop and
VIA's $600 Nanobook. Unlike these machines, however, Everex's latest
model is a full-size desktop, and $100 cheaper than even the slightest
models from Dell
Touted as a "green" machine, it has a 1.5 Ghz VIA C7 CPU embedded in
a Mini-ITX motherboard, 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. Normally,
this would simply mark it as unacceptably low-end for use with modern
software. By using the fast Enlightenment
desktop manager (instead of heavier-duty alternatives like Gnome or KDE), the makers say it's more
responsive than Vista is, even on more powerful computers.
"It's almost like a Google PC," Liu says, pointing to the desktop's
rack of pre-configured links to all of Google's online applications. It is, he says,
the mass-market Linux PC we've all been waiting for. "That's our dream.
... we go the final step to make it work out the box, to go the whole
The gPC also has a DVD burner and, for those not drinking the web-app
cool-aid, OpenOffice and lots more local software. There's free phone
support and a regularly updated app called "Faqly" that contains the
latest tech support info for folks stuck offline.