Wal-Mart to sell a Ubuntu PC?

Posted on Monday, Jul 23 2007 @ 04:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
We've heard about Wal-Mart's new $298 PC with OpenOffice and according to Desktop Linux we can expect even more open-source goodness from Wal-Mart in the near-future.

The site claims Wal-Mart will soon unveil a cheap PC which uses Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows Vista.
Everex announced yesterday that Wal-Mart will carry its GC3502 PC. Today, an unidentified reliable source close to the company revealed that Everex is readying a version preloaded with Ubuntu Linux. It remains unclear whether Wal-Mart will distribute the Linux version, however.

The GC3502 is based on Via's "carbon free" C7-D processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It comes with 1GB of DDR2 533MHz SDRAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a DVD/CD-RW drive. I/O includes 10/100 LAN, VGA, six (6) USB ports, a modem, and headphone/microphone jacks.

The Everex system also appears to include a RealTek "high-definition" audio chip, which is supported in Linux by a binary Alsa module. Thus, users wishing to port Linux to the GC3502 themselves could be looking at a late night or two of kernel module and/or kernel compiling.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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