Google PC is Here!



Everex Green gPC TC2502 is a $200, low-power, Linux-based PC designed primarily for running Web 2.0 applications and thereby, predominantly it has Google apps in its basket. The manufacturer is not Google but , ofcourse, Everex. The Linux OS, that’s supporting the PC is UBUNTU. It flaunts folowing features:

>> Mac-like desktop with a series of program icons “docked” across the bottom. The icons are bookmarks to popular and useful Web 2.0 services from Google and other vendors.

>> Users can use everything, they use with google. there is choice for services like: google docs, google maps, Meebo, Facebook, and wikipedia. Sprinkled into the lineup are some non-Web-based apps, like gimp, but the novice user won’t know, initially, which are local applications and which are Web services.

>> Touted as a “green” machine, it has a 1.5 Ghz VIA C7 CPU embedded in a Mini-ITX motherboard, 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. Normally, this would simply mark it as unacceptably low-end for use with modern software. By using the fast Enlightenment desktop manager (instead of heavier-duty alternatives like GNOME or KDE), the makers say it’s more responsive than Vista is, even on more powerful computers.

>> The gPC also has a DVD burner and, for those not drinking the web-app cool-aid, “Faqly” that contains the latest tech support info for folks stuck offline.

BUT it also comes up with various downsides like:

>> If users want to install Windows on it, they can, though Everex cautions that Vista will not run well without a RAM upgrade. Recent games will not run well, if at all, on the gPC: the requirements of even humble titles like World of Warcraft exceed the system specifications.

>>Unfortunately, using the gPC’s Web apps isn’t as transparent as we’d like, although that’s not Everex’s fault. Web apps still run in a browser (and the gPC won’t ship with Adobe AIR or another runtime platform that runs online apps in their own windows), so each time a user clicks on one of the icons that’s pointing to a URL, it will fire up Firefox or a new tab in it. Also, Web apps require online login (though if you’re logged into Google, you have to worry about that only once per session). And, of course, there’s the question of where one’s data is stored. The gPC has a hard disk, but users of the Web apps won’t be putting files on it.

The gPC is available now at ,walmart for $200, including a keyboard and mouse. A monitor costs extra, and no proprietiary company taxes for it.


[via webware and wired blog network ]

[Submitted by Imran Asad]

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