Did I call this exactly like it happened, or what?
Wal-Mart makes a huge publicity splash last Oct or Nov with the inexpensive Linux-based gPC. They get publicity all over the place, from the NY Times to every online news source.
I go to Wal-Mart and can't actually buy one of these PCs. I even have the newspaper clipping with me to show the clueless "associate" back in electronics, who has never heard of these computers.
Wal-Mart actually sells out of these PCs as demand spikes. Like me, many people order these online.
Because no one can get them in stores.
So, Wal-Mart yanks them from the shelves and will no longer stock them in stores, because there is no demand for inexpensive Linux-based PCs! Of course there isn't, since the sales figures clearly show that these computers are not selling in stores. Never mind that no one could get them in a store, even people like me who wanted one.
Wal-Mart says they'll still be sold online, but somehow I don't think the NY Times is going to give this any high-profile coverage.
My theory all along was that this was some sinister plot to discredit Linux. I don't think it actually was, because Wal-Mart is too clueless to actually pull something like that off. But if someone asked me to develop a sinister plot to discredit Linux for them, I would probably come up with something similar.
After all, if Wal-Mart can't sell Linux boxes in their stores, who could?
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