[LinuxBIOS] Walmart/Everex GPC TC2502 (VIA CN700 + VT8237R Chipset), PC2500E

Vlad vladc6 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 7 21:13:05 CET 2007


Walmart has chosen to pre-install Linux on their least expensive
computer, the Everex TC2502 Green gPC w/ Via C7-D Processor [1], which
costs $199.

The fact that Walmart is intent on outdoing all of their competitors
by aggressively cutting costs wherever they can -- especially on this
model -- bodes well for LinuxBIOS. I'm sure Walmart would be ecstatic
to find out that they can save $15-$30 per board (7.5%-15% of the
total cost of the computer) by dropping the proprietary BIOS and using
the free/open-source LinuxBIOS.

Has anyone looked into supporting the motherboard that powers the
Everex TC2502 Green gPC? The makers of gOS [2] point to the
development kit motherboard with part number PC2500E, available from
ClubIT.com [3]. Is it already supported by the vt8237r and Via C7 code
checked into the LinuxBIOS SVN recently?

Also, has anyone tried contacting Walmart, Everex, and/or gOS people
about LinuxBIOS? They might not yet be aware of its cost-saving
advantages :)


[1] http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7754614
[2] http://www.ThinkGOS.com
[3] http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A4842001

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