linux-penguin.jpg For those who gripe at the notion of paying for Windows with the purchase of a new PC, but aren't ready to leap for Apple's pricey Macs, a (viable!) Linux-based contender (finally!) hits the streets: Everex gPC TC2502. Crazier still? It's available at your local Wal-Mart for US$ 200. (That's with a keyboard, tower and mouse; monitor not included.) Technology has finally come full-circle.The Everex gPC is built on Linux, the ubiquitous open source OS (and Microsoft's sworn enemy). And for gun shy non-devs, it's more user-friendly today than it was years ago. (It's got icons and everything.) More importantly, the cost-efficient PC makes it unnecessary to purchase Windows. The computer boasts an 80-gigabyte hard drive, a 1.5-gigahertz Via processor and 512 megabytes of memory. It's also special-made to support Google applications like GMail and Google Documents. The unit's format encourages users to manage most of their heavy processing on the internet, rather than on the PC itself -- inevitably encouraging users to dip their noses into hosted offerings they might not have considered. Word and Excel junkies needn't fear: the Everex also runs OpenOffice, the open source response to Microsoft Office, as well as multimedia applications. Okay, Linux. You're slipping into the mainstream. When are you going to fundamentally alter the enterprise?