$200 Ubuntu Linux PC from Wal-Mart

Everex TC2502 at Wal-Mart

This is not what I usually have in mind when I think of a home PC. The CPU is VIA C7 1.5GHz embedded in a Mini-ITX motherboard. The hard drive is puny 80 GBytes and RAM is just 512MB. However it is more than enough for home office application and web browsing, and it is a perfect computer for small kids (and I do mean small ;-) ).

Everex’s TC2502 gPC is the first mass-market $200 desktop computer featuring a custom distribution of Ubuntu Linux and it is now available online and at select Wal-Mart stores around the US. “It’s $200, with no gimmicks or subsidies,” as Everex spokesman David Liu claimed probably hinting to the OLPC initiative.

“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 nine yards.”

I am sure this is not the last bargain PC to be announced this holiday season, but knowing Wal-Mart it might well be the cheapest one.

Source: Everex TC2502 Green gPC w/ Via C7-D Processor at Wal-Mart (via Wired)

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3 Responses to “$200 Ubuntu Linux PC from Wal-Mart”

  1. 1 Mike G. Nov 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Great deal. I wonder when we will see a $250 laptop?

  2. 2 webwesen Nov 2nd, 2007 at 6:23 am

    quote: Even at the low end, however, image is everything. The gPC is built using tiny components, but put inside a full-size case because research indicates that Wal-Mart shoppers are so unsophisticated they equate physical size with capability.

  3. 3 Yan Nov 2nd, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Yeah, I had a laugh at that too. Big case might be a good thing though – more space for expansion boards/components, which you will need a lot of with this PC. :-)

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