Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
It’s about time somebody customized the heck out of Linux, put it on a cheap computer, and sold it for a low price. Actually, Everex isn’t the first company to do this, but it seems to be having the most success.
The company launched its line of gPC using its Linux-based gOS in the Fall of 2007 through Wal-Mart, of all places. For about $200, anybody can buy an easy-to-use PC that runs Linux (though that’s not really the key selling point) and not break the bank.
The gPC hit it out of the ballpark, with its first shipments selling out pretty quickly through Wal-Mart and other retailers. Though we expect the company was shipping conservative numbers of PCs, it seems to have been ramping up its production and demand is high.
We think that Everex will be important for two reasons in 2008. One, we expect that the company will continue to be successful with this model. Two, because it’s probably going to spawn quite a few imitators, all of which are going to be putting Linux on home desktops in larger numbers. Finally.