Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Jan 2005 17:22 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews OSNews "sat down" with Linspire CEO Michael Robertson for a Q&A about his company's efforts as the banner-carrier for Linux-on-the-desktop. We discussed the upcoming Linux Desktop Summit in San Diego and the perceptions and realities of the obstacles to widespread desktop Linux use. Linspire also extended a special offer to OSNews readers: a free download of Linspire and a 30 day CNR subscription, so put yourself in Granny's shoes (not literally, please) and give it a try. Correction: The free offer expires on January 15.
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Most of the time, questions that start with "Don't you think", and "When are you going to" aren't actually questions. It just the questioner wanting state his own opinions on a subject without actually bothering to learn the motivation for anything he questions.

For instance I'm not Michael Robertson but I can answer most of your senseless flaming just as easily:

Question 1: dont you think that after 4 Years it might be time to make some real changes ?

Answer: No.

2. could it be your fault for demanding too much of him and what he seems unable to accomplish ? Could it be that you are trying too many things and not accomplishing one fully ? Do you think you have given him the right people for accomplishing is task ?

Answer: No. No. Yes.

4. When/if Linspire 5.0 finaly come out will you release a free ( cost and freedom ( GPL )) copy of Linspire 4.0 over the internet ? Dont you think it would go a long way in redeeming your bad image in the GNU/Linux community ?

The first question is something I'm interested in as well. However to answer the second question, definately not - people like you are in the GNU/Linux community and nothing every makes you all happy.

5. Dont you think by now that refusing to join the LSB and the Free Standards Group and the The Gnu/Linux Core Consortium that your hurting your company and your sales ? The LSB and FSG you are already agreeing too anyway behing based of Debian ?

Answer: No. Honey, the second sentance isn't a question - it needs a period at the end of it.

6. When are you going to aknowledge publicly and respectfuly the fact that your a GNU/Linux OS appliance based of Debian ? Dont you think that creating a Logo saying Debian based and puting it on the cover of your boxes and a Thank you note accompanying your product would help garner you some sales from the very large Debian base group who dont like your product because of this ?

Someone needs and ego stroking apparently in the first question. Second question: No.

7. Dont you think that revisiting your Eula and answering the point so many people seems to disagree with ( by changing it for terms more in line with what Mandrake , Red Hat and Novell/SuSe do) will not give you more sales in the End ?

Answer: No.

9. You have a 498$ laptop in sale at Walmart , dont you think that by offering a really good paiment plan like Dell as for there offer you would not make a hundred thousand more sale ?

Question: How do you know Linspire controls the payment plans and not Walmart?