Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Linspire Linspire has started another attempt at selling computers pre-installed with their operating system - this time by teaming up with Mirus - called the Koobox. Ars looks at the situation: "At this point it is hard to assess the potential of the Koobox systems. If it succeeds, the product could help legitimize desktop Linux and bring it further into the mainstream. Regardless of how many get sold, the availability of yet another budget Linux PC illuminates the growing popularity of the Linux platform, and contributes to the perception that Linux is applicable to desktop computing."
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RE[2]: CNR / Ubuntu
by ma_d on Mon 9th Jan 2006 21:55 UTC in reply to "RE: CNR / Ubuntu"
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I disagree with charging more for this "insider club." But I can see why they slow the updates: Many free programs have a release cycle of about 3 weeks. That's a lot more updates than many users want. So, waiting, testing, and picking the best ones could be a great service.

If they were smart they'd do the insider service for $50, minus however many bug reports you file. Say, $5 a bug report. Or, even, give it out free to anyone, as long as they keep their bug reports coming.
That way those people could help them figure out which versions of software to let into the main stream.

But the guy who runs Linspire doesn't, IMO, understand free software very well.

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