Linux PCs flop on Wal-Mart shelves

The store won't restock the $200 computers.

By Farhad Manjoo
March 11, 2008 8:29PM (UTC)
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Wal-Mart announced on Monday that it will not restock its shelves with the $200 Green gPC, a Linux desktop computer that the retailer had been selling in some stores as a test of the open-source OS's appeal.

The company stocked about 600 of its stores with the machines last October. Wal-Mart wouldn't say how poorly they sold, but a rep told the Associated Press, "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for."

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Everex, the Taiwanese PC maker that produced the Green gPCs, says that sales were better on Wal-Mart's Web site. Wal-Mart will continue to sell the machines online.

Wal-Mart ends test of Linux in stores


Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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