The $199 Everex computer running Linux is "sold out" at Wal Mart online
. After Dell led the market by offering Ubuntu on its systems, who would have figured that Wal Mart would emerge as a leader in moving Linux boxes? I doubt the buyers care that much about Linux. What they care about is getting a low cost computer that is easy to use (read none of those annoying "an application is about to launch" windows warnings popping up every time you want to do something) and lets computer novices access the internet. This is the back-to-the-future version of the Web TV that my mother used to use to get email. Once she graduated from just email the next step was crossing the river Styx to an over developed Windows Vista box which confuses her to no end. If this simple preconfigured Linux box (with support) was available 6 months ago I would have bought it for her. Maybe this is the start of the OCPG (one computer per grandparent)?
This is FOSS doing what it is supposed to do - providing "just enough" features / utility for an underserved market. FOSS doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does well and the market seems to like that.