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Lindows its the first to market with a pre-installed Linux notebook, that says a lot about other PC makers, and a lot about established Linux companies.
There is no denying that Lindows has done a lot to push the market exposure envelope for Linux. Yet there are so many in the open source community that are ticked off at Lindows. I find the contrast really interesting. It sort of reminds me of the saying, "He's an SOB, but he's our SOB"
IBM could have done this five years ago....
But, there pushing the Linux message forward and all power to them.
Weird, the Linux crowd have a definate 'hirachy of cool'
They are the first to:
Sell bargain pre-installed PCs with Walmart
Get a deal with AOL
And now these notebooks
They are also masters of the media, whenever the main stream media refers to open sourse there's Michael Robertson blabbing about how great Lindows is. Someone who had no idea what Linux was would equate Lindows with Linux.
It is clear to me that Lindows knows marketing, even if they don't know how to get along with the open source community and use poor technical judgment. There is nothing amazing about LindowsOS, but Lindows Inc. can make diamonds out of coal.
I really wish it was someone else who had the fortitude to make the first leaps, like RH, or IBM, but it is Lindows who is trail blazing despite other companies being in a better position to do the same.
I really wish it was someone else who had the fortitude to make the first leaps, like RH, or IBM
I think that part of the problem here is that, understandably enough, neither Red Hat, nor IBM, nor any of the other major distro or systems players want to be associated with the very-low-end machines. These are the systems that the hardware vendors paint in their marketing copy the same way we characterize the teenager with a copy of Front Page. IBM still sells extremely expensive high-end machines that they wouldn't want associated with the Wal*Mart bargain-basement p.o.s. PC, and RH, Suse, etc all want to sell big corporate support contracts - which would be harder if the PHB knows their brand as something he can get on a crummy machine from a discount store.