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Postby 900i on Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:25 pm

http://www.insidesocal.com/click/2007/1 ... _linu.html

Here's a link to a review of Googles new OS, based on Ubuntu running E17. Going to be pushed by Walmart for $199. No love lost between MS and Google, and if Walmart and it's UK arm Asda can get this into stores before Xmas, MS could be in for an Xmas arse kicking.

P.S. Have downloaded the Iso and am dual booting at the moment, wireless working out of the box, just entered WPA passkey and online. E17 is certainly different, but usable for all net stuff, which I think is where this distro is aimed

http://900i.blogspot.com/
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Postby belovedmonster on Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:33 pm

This seems like too much of a toy to me. I think the Eee PC is in a much better position to change the way the market works.
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Postby 900i on Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:23 pm

My point being, this product could potentially get a lot of exposure to a non-Linux savy audience. It could be a case of, if it gets me on the net,Myspace, Blogger, Msn and can use Googlemail and other net based apps, then why should I pay $100 more just to use windows? Eee Pc is a good piece of kit, but it's about exposure to new markets.
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Postby belovedmonster on Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:49 pm

Sorry but I just dont see this taking off. People want to buy what they perceive to be a real computer, this thing just comes across as a stripped down thing that isnt a real computer.
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Postby linuxviolin on Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:12 pm

gOS? hmm... Who really needed gOS? :roll:
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Postby merlwiz79 on Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:12 pm

This is not from Google but has Google integrated apps.
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Postby D-EJ915 on Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:23 pm

belovedmonster wrote:This seems like too much of a toy to me. I think the Eee PC is in a much better position to change the way the market works.
That thing is twice as expensive and a piece of crap :lol: hardly competition for this thing.
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Postby belovedmonster on Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:09 am

D-EJ915 wrote:That thing is twice as expensive and a piece of crap :lol: hardly competition for this thing.


With all due respect I'm more willing to believe the several mainstream technology websites that gave it positive reviews including Ars Technica and Cnet rather than your opinion which I'm guessing isnt even based on hands on use.
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Postby D-EJ915 on Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:40 am

It's not a full-size PC though and it's not supposed to be, it's definitely a ripoff at its price point. You can buy your overpriced toy if you want to but meh, not me, I'll buy an old ultraportable on ebay and have a faster computer which does more and lasts longer in battery life not to mention storage space and screen size.

the eee leaves me saying "meh"
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Let me give my 2 cents

Postby dracorX on Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:37 am

Let me give my 2 cents:

- I hope eee pc will change the landscape a bit
- I hope gOS will change the landscape a bit

If only 2000 pieces are sold, that are 2000 people more having not to use windows and getting used to linux, perhaps for the next pc considering a more fullfeatured, less web-based linux

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Postby blu3ness on Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:58 pm

I think we are all missing the point here, the gOS linux package walmart is trying to sell isn't targeted at geeks and technology enthusiasts like us. Its targetting the general masses, the people who just want their computers to work and would go nuts if there's a popup or a weird message, the people who only use their computers to browse internet, check emails, and occasionally doing some office work or photo viewing like your mom and dad.

It proves a lot more than just a 200 cheap PC that walmart puts on the shelf, they are experimenting with a new marketing niche, which also demonstrates how far linux has come along.

Yes, the computers are probably overpriced, yes the computer sucks, but it's getting great reviews, and is already sold out online about a week ago. That obviously verifies the viability of this market. and I think other retailers will soon see this opportunity as well. Everyone's gotta hop on the linux wagon at some point.

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Postby exploder on Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:33 pm

The Wallmart GreenPC for $197.00 is an affordable pc for people with simple needs. Why should people pay for things they do not need? This is a great idea and the timing is right.

I have read the reviews of people that have purchased the pc's and the reviews are very positive.

Although not a powerhouse the pc uses less power, looks nice,and e17 gives the user a good experience and is not resource hungry.

I have read that there are problems with the modem not working. The manufacturer has stated that the problem is being addressed.

The mainboard has a serial ata controller and can handle 2 GB of RAM.

I like the system for the money!
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Postby 900i on Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:04 am

Blu3ness and Exploder, exactly the points I was trying to make. :)
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Postby belovedmonster on Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:52 am

I dont disagree that for a certain audience this PC is a good by, but I dont believe its gunna be result in "some WupAss Pie" for MS, it just doesn't have enough mainstream appeal for that.
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Postby 900i on Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:33 pm

I think they will, because people are going to realise they don't need Windows on a PC for it to be useful.
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Postby merlwiz79 on Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:56 pm

Downloaded GreenOS(gOS) and it's nice and easy to use, but it was buggy on the livecd.
I had a few things crash but they didn't bring down the system.
I haven't use E17 much so their is a learning curve for that.
It was very well done and like how it looks. :)
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Postby 900i on Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:24 pm

Been using it on and off for about a week, loaded it onto a base unit I am selling on Ebay tomorrow, better than selling it without an OS. :D
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Postby akshunj on Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:45 pm

The Walmart hardware is definitely overpriced and underpowered. Any second-hand computer from Ebay or Craiglist would run circles around this Walmart POS.

That said, the gOS is a step in the right direction. The mainstream computer market is NOT aimed at us (geeks, enthusiasts, etc). Plenty of people simply need to check email, do some web browsing, etc. And RIGHT NOW they get to learn how to use Vista in order to accomplish those things. A bit of overkill, don't you think?

gOS fills the "this is all I need" niche. Load it onto a second-hand system, give it to grandma, and she's good to go...

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Exactly

Postby LostOverThere on Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:27 am

merlwiz79 wrote:This is not from Google but has Google integrated apps.


Exactly.

Google have always said they wouldn't be interested in making an operating system, but seemed interested in backing Ubuntu.
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