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Wal-Mart to sell a Ubuntu PC?

Posted on Monday, July 23 2007 @ 04:05:02 CEST by

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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