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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Great idea
by Chris on Wed 14th Apr 2004 01:03 UTC

Well, maybe not great but it's about time somebody else started doing it.
And btw, this is not an Apple thing. If you think about it, Compaq(HP), Dell, Gateway all have done similar things. You know those "recovery" disks? Guess what those are... Windows with all the drivers you need, and often times the install is taylored to do it ALL for you. Sometimes they even messed around with hardware to make replacement parts difficult (you had to use theirs unless you wanted to do your own power supply wiring). To be like Apple they will have to provide support, a consistend interface, and keep people from trying to put random upgrades into their computer.
It may be possible, but I'm not sure how much different they will be from Dell in the end. At this point, however, I am happy to see somebody sell pre-installed Linux systems.