Posted November 1, 2007 12:10 pm by with 25 comments

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image If you’ve been waiting for Google to launch its own computer and operating system, that day is here.

Wal-Mart is selling a desktop computer for $199 running Linux GOS— a variant of the popular Ubuntu but with lots of optimization for Google products.

From the Everex TC2502 product specs:

It runs on the gOS operating system and features the 2.2 software suite that gives users the ability to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. Additional highlights include a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, Ethernet port and stereo speakers.

Key Features & Benefits:

  • 1.5 GHz Via Technologies C7-D processor
  • 512 MB of DDR2 system memory
  • 80 GB hard disk drive
  • DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • gOS operating system

Hmm, if I could only justify the purchase of yet another computer. 😉

Note: this isn’t an official Google computer, but it’s as close as you can get!

  • A “Google” Computer for $199 – I will admit that the price is good, but is this product actually something consumers will buy? I am curious as to what the benefits are to having such a specialized, yet limited type of computer such as this one.

  • @Mike – there are probably a lot of people that would have only limited needs-basic email, internet, etc-which this computer would meet. 🙂

  • I’m might just go get one for my Mother. She has never had an email address, never seen any of my sites or pics online. And it’s her Birthday Sunday!

  • That is super cheap. I wouldn’t expect to play games on it but for people who cannot afford 500$+ systems that is great. The cheaper systems become, the more the internet population will grow. Thats only a good thing for us marketers!

    Hopefully in 3-5 years we will see a sub 100 $ model!

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  • homer

    Everex Impact GC3500 Desktop PC w/ Via Processor & 17 Monitor Everex Impact GC3500 Desktop PC w/ Via Processor & 17″ Monitor

    * 17″ CRT monitor
    * Via Technologies C7-D processor
    * 512 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive
    * DVD Burner, Windows Vista Home Basic
    Well for $100 more you get a monitor, keyboard, a mouse, and a real(costs money) operating system.

  • Some pictures of the Google Phone (possibly…probably fake)found its way to the intertubes… pics over at my blog…just glad I beat Andy at something!

  • @ jeff

    “just glad I beat Andy at something!”

    I didn’t know that was possible 😉

  • Google has a vision of cheap and network based operating systems. Computing is becoming less and less hardware and place oriented.

  • @Jeff – nice photos, but no source? 😉

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  • Looks like a piece of junk system to me!

  • And what is the Linux GOS? Is it developed by Google? And if not, what makes this computer a Google PC?

  • A Interweb enabled ‘Google’ PC equipped with, err, OpenOffice.

    Oh – the delicious irony.

  • I wish this truly was the inhouse linux that google runs, but it seems to be independent:

    gOS is an independent operating system devoted to making Google Applications and other free, web software more widespread and accessible to the world. gOS is not affiliated with Google or their partners.

  • @the about – yep, as I said, this is not an official Google computer. 🙂

  • Then what is Google about this computer? Why is it called so?

  • ‘a variant of the popular Ubuntu but with lots of optimization for Google products.’
    By Google products they must mean Toolbar and Google links in favorites added by default:)

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  • Well, at least, one can’t complain about the price. Personally, I will stick with my ‘it can run everything’ Macs, damn the price!

  • that’s amazing to hear it.
    The Google Titan is spreading the world.

  • Is this official Google Operation System? or is just modification of Ubuntu?

  • What with the current GBP/US Dollar exchange rate I can pick up this machine for under £100. Not bad all things considered.

  • Zen

    And to think that Alejandro Zuzenber said in SMX Argentina 2007 that all this Google-gossip wasn’t true and that Google didn’t intend on making a Google-phone, etc. Suuuuuuuure 😉

  • I actually think it’s overpriced, at least not as cheap as some people think.