Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 13th Apr 2004 20:17 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews What happens when ex-Lycoris employees join a Linux-friendly hardware computer reseller? Apparently, a new desktop Linux distro with a kick: the hardware that comes with it is meant to give you the Apple experience. ION Linux is a Debian-based distro that is meant to work well with the hardware it sells with. Read on for our interview with Element Computer's Mike Hjorleifsson (one of the founders and CTO) regarding their new upcoming products and a screenshot of ION.
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by Anonymous on Tue 13th Apr 2004 20:49 UTC

At the end of the day they're going to need to give people a really good reason to try this.

If they want to start with geeks they'll need hardware on the leading edge (think Voodoo Envy's, Apple PowerBooks, or loaded IBM T-series). But, if they want to target consumers they'll need to drop their prices some more. ($799 for a laptop is nice but not great.)

Personally, I'm capable of installing my own Debian sources so it's nice that the laptop will just work as it is. I'd really consider it if it looked anything like a PowerBook and had performance that was close. Until then, I say you need to perform better than Apple if you want to take away some of their niche.