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Real or fake Linux PC? Everex will know

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PC vendors haven't been eager to know how many users actually run Linux when it's preloaded on their low-end PCs, and how many of the users replace it with an infringing copy of Microsoft Windows. But Everex, the latest company to introduce a low-priced desktop Linux system, will have the information, thanks to the software update system behind its Linux distribution.

Everex, a PC hardware vendor that is part of First International Corporation (FIC), is introducing a mini-tower Linux sytem called the gPC TC2502, which is priced at $198 including keyboard, mouse, and speakers, and will be sold at Wal-Mart.
The system is not sold as "Linux," and includes a distinctive user interface that is closer in look to Apple's Mac OS X. A desktop panel includes icons for popular Google applications, including GMail, Google Documents and Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, and Blogger.

Some local software, including OpenOffice and the Rhythmbox music player, is also included, but, "you get the idea that Google provides your computing experience," says David Liu, founder of gOS, the company that provides the gPC's Ubuntu-based Linux distribution.

The gOS distribution is not freely redistributable.

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