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12. 3. 2008 9:37 (aktualizováno) Janek Wagner

The Register přinesl zprávu o ukončení prodeje „Zeleného“ pecka za 199 dolarů z Walmartu z důvodu malého zájmu zákazníků. „This really wasn't what our customers were looking for,“ řekl tiskový mluvčí Walmartu agentuře Associated Press. Everex gPC s linuxovou distribucí gOS, postavený na miniITX ultra-low-end desce s 1,5GHz CPU VIA C7-D, se prodával od října 2007. Uvidíme, jak dopadne sub-notebook Everex Cloudbook s CPU VIA C7-M a také s gOS, nabízený nyní rovněž v síti Walmart, který má konkurovat úspěšnému Asus Eee PC…

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  • 12. 3. 2008 11:49

    anonym (neregistrovaný)

    V originálu se píše, že proběhlo stažení z kamenných poboček (kde se neprodávají) ve prospěch jejich online prodeje
    (kde jdou na dračku).

  • 12. 3. 2008 15:55

    William Walker (neregistrovaný)

    no a dopadne asi stejne, kdyz to prodavaji ve WallMartu a po zapnuti dopadne BFU takto:
    While gOS isn't a bad operating system, it's clear that Everex did nothing to customize this operating system installation for use on the CloudBook. For starters, the first time you turn on the CloudBook you are prompted to select your time zone and other settings on a number of dialog windows. Unfortunately, because the dialog windows aren't designed to fit on the 800 x 480 resolution display on the CloudBook, you cannot read the entire text. What's worse is that you cannot select the settings and click on the "OK" or "Next" buttons required to move forward with the setup process.

    Of course, since gOS is a Linux-based operating system you can press and hold the "Alt" key while clicking on the dialog window to move the window so you can press the required buttons. Let's pause for a moment and let reality sink in here. The Everex CloudBook is a $400 laptop being sold at Wal-Mart. How many average Wal-Mart shoppers do you think know the "hold down Alt" trick for moving windows in Linux? It's safe to say most consumers will be calling Everex customer support after 5 minutes to figure out how to start using the CloudBook.

    To test this, I called Everex tech support using the toll-free number located on the bottom of the CloudBook. I told them I just turned on my CloudBook and was stuck on the startup window and couldn't figure out what to do next (a little lie for the sake of a review isn't horrible). Rather than tell me to hold down the Alt key and drag the window I was put on hold for 15 minutes. When tech support finally returned they told me I could get a RMA (return merchandise authorization) to return my CloudBook for a replacement unit.

    I guess when I called there was no one working at Everex technical support who knew about Linux. If that's the case, maybe gOS was the wrong choice of operating system for the CloudBook.