the Green PC Due to the holiday season up next the linux OS will get a great chance to become more popular than it is at Wal-Mart Stores. They were taking orders online Wednesday for a computer called the “Green gPC” that is made by Everex of Taiwan, costs $199 and runs Linux.

It will be available in about 600 stores, as well as online, Wal-Mart said. A comparable Everex PC preinstalled with Windows Vista Home Basic and more memory costs $298 partly because the manufacturer has to pay Microsoft Corp. for a software license, so I think people will like the new computer and discover the goods of linux.

Both computers come with keyboard, mouse, and speakers, but without a monitor. As you already may know Linux is developed and offered on a open-source basis by individuals and companies around the world.

It’s being used especially on servers because of its high stability on long term use. The variant of Linux on the gPC is called gOS and is derived from the popular Ubuntu variant. It’s mostly oriented toward Google’s Web sites and online applications, like YouTube, Gmail and the company’s word processing program, all of which can be used only when the computer is connected to a broadband line.

The PC comes with a dialup modem, but gOS doesn’t support it. So most users likely will get online using other ways. Google’s entrance to the OS market is relatively new and I think gOS will be a great chance for users who would like to move away from Microsoft and windows to something new and better.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said it is stocking the computer in about one in eight stores to test the demand for an open-source product. The gPC has a low-end processor from VIA Technologies, plus 512 megabytes of internal memory, an 80-gigabyte hard drive and a combination DVD drive and CD burner. Everex says the processor is very energy efficient, meriting the “Green” part of the name.

here is a screenshot of the gPC or you could call it a gOS screenshot:

gOS screenshot

Sources :

http://www.thinkgos.com

http://www.everex.com

http://www.walmart.com

Also if you would like to see more gOS screenshots you should check this article of mine.