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Everex debuts $399 ultramobile PC: The Cloudbook is designed for Internet usage, not for heavy duty graphics applications. Like the gPC, it will come with software or links to FireFox, gMail, Meebo, Skype, Google Documents & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, Google News, Google Maps, Wikipedia, Google Product Search, GIMP, Blogger, YouTube, Xine Movie Player, RhythmBox, Faqly, Facebook and OpenOffice.org 2.3.
The gOS operating system looks pretty cool. It's based on Ubuntu Linux plus the slick Enlightenment Window manager and the desktop and menus make Google "your entire computing experience. I can see how geeks like me and the kids we've brainwashed into digging the GIMP might like it, but aren't most folks going to be scratching their heads and asking how well it runs MS Word? I'd love to know how Everex's existing $200 gOS powered desktop is selling.
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